By Roberto Ponce
As I spent time with my two toddler girls this evening, I thought about the brevity of life. I was getting them ready for bed, and while I was enjoying their playfulness, I paused for a minute. I thought about the blessing I was enjoying at that particular moment. Just the fact of being around for them is a gift from God. Then I realized this particular moment was not going to come back … ever.
I got my girls ready for bed and then went to my computer to log in and catch up on the latest news. I found out Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Inc., passed away at age 56 after a long battle with cancer. James 4:14 came to mind: “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” I also thought that even with all his massive fortune, Steve Jobs could not add an hour to his life (Matthew 6:27).
I confess that sometimes I catch myself thinking a little too much about the past. Whether it is about past professional achievements or past family events, we need to be mindful not to let it come between God and whatever He has for us to do today. Having memories is one thing, but living trapped in the past so you cannot move forward and start living today is another. Let the past be the past. Remembering yesterday’s memories, in a healthy way, is a gift. But trying to recreate the past is not productive. Let’s move forward and explore the things God has in store for us today.
Whenever I heard people make the statement, “Life is short,” I used to think that 70 or 80 years is not a long time. Yet, as we read in James 4:14, even tomorrow is not promised to us. We have today and only today. We need to live this very moment God has given us and be thankful for every breath we take. Never cease saying “I love you” and never stop showing your love to others, especially those dear to you. Enjoy every moment as though it is your last. What do you really need to accomplish today? What is it God wants for you to do? It is not fun to think that at any given moment our life can be cut short, but it is a blast to enjoy the security of living forever with the Lord (John 10:28-29).
Let’s start building tomorrow’s legacy today. I am saved because my mother introduced me to Christ. She taught me to depend on Him for everything. The biggest legacy she left to me was my Christian faith. What legacy do you want to leave for your kids? An education is a great gift. So is a life insurance policy. But the greatest gift of all is to encourage our children to have a personal walk with God. Let’s stop for a moment and imagine what our kids will say about us when we are gone. I pray that mine remember how much I loved them. Hopefully they will make the connection that if I, being an imperfect dad, loved them so much, how much greater is God’s love … a love that endures forever and is not as brief as a mist in this earthly life.
Roberto Ponce is Director of Communications at Global University. For more information about Global University go to http://think.globaluniversity.edu