“14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” -James 4:14
My name is Matt….and…my wife has changed me.
My wife and I are high school sweethearts and over the course of our relationship she has converted me to become a planner and list maker. There once was a time where I would laugh at her ability to not only make lists, but to make lists to make lists. It was the source of inside jokes for the longest time, but then I caught myself depending on my lists at work.
I set aside the last 30 minutes of every day at work to evaluate what I have got done that day and then determine what still needs to be done the rest of the week. I want to make sure the main things get done and that the non-essentials don’t prevent me from doing the most important.
James 4:14 reminds us that we can make our plans, but our plans are unimportant. You may be planning where your’e going on vacation next year. You may be planning where you’re going to retire. Or you may be planning a major event for work.
One thing that we need to look at more is the question found in the middle of James 4:14…”What is your life?” Is your life a story of your attempt to acquire as much stuff as possible? Is your life solely a life of pleasing yourself? God desires for us to be wise stewards of the talents He has blessed us with. When He returns He is going to expect that we have used our talents to further His Kingdom to the best of our abilities and to have faith in Him when we reach the end of our own abilities.