February 22: “Making the Most of a Brief Life”

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Today’s Bible Reading:

Leviticus 13:1-59
Mark 6:1-29
Psalm 39:1-13
Proverbs 10:10

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Psalm 39:4-5 (NLT): “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered — how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

The verses for today remind us how short our lives are. If we aren’t careful, we will get caught up in the details of each day and come to the erroneous conclusion that we’re going to be around for a very long time. 

Yet, in my conversations with the elderly, I have often heard that they cannot believe how quickly the time has gone. As I have not entered my 50’s, I have come to the same conclusion.

If we live as if our lives will never end, we may tend to waste our energy on things that are of no eternal value. But if we remind ourselves that life is reasonably short, then we may tend to spend it doing the things that matter most.

So, here are some things to consider doing today:

  • Reflect on how temporary life is.
  • Live today on purpose.
  • Do something today that will outlast today (an act of kindness to someone else).
  • Be open to an opportunity to share the Gospel with someone you run into.

Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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