Life’s Too Short

10 So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting. Ecclesiastes 10:11

We’ve heard the saying, “life’s too short,” for this or that. Any saying that rings true has its genesis in the Bible, you can count on it. Reference the verse above.

Here Solomon talks about some things that, if allowed to fester or to have full rein, shorten life,  i.e. reduce its enjoyable days. The seasons of grief are understandable and can be assuaged by knowing and loving a sovereign God. But if you’re grieving about your team’s loss in the final, or a dent in your car, or a lost account, you’ll need to snap out of it, or you’ll waste precious hours. Anger is controllable and certainly a mindset that robs our good days. So too is pain, i.e. evil. It’s obviously a total waste of time.

Know this. A mind set on things above (Colossians 3:2) and pleasing God below (1 Thessalonians 2:4) makes the most of our fleeting days (Ephesians 5:16).

Time for self-reflection. Try making this verse your credo. Or simply utilize the familiar saying as you decide how to use your remaining minutes on the clock. Life’s too short.

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. Been studying the Word for nearly 45 years and counting.
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