“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 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 4:13-14
Hello, glad to come your way again. Last week, I couldn’t post because the world was sent into shockwaves and still grieving at the sudden and tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter, Gianna along with seven others in a helicopter crash. I am a basketball fan, so this really hit home.
This death has really got me thinking on all fronts. This was really a sad one. In lieu of that, I want to share some few thoughts on life. The Bible verse there explained what my life is- it is like a smoke [or mist] which appears for a while, then vanishes away. Life is really that transient. The next sixty seconds of our life are not promised, talk about even the next day. Personally, this has taught me to live in the moment and maximize today. By the time, my life on this earth is up, I want to have fewer regrets and if possible, none. Want to look at some things to do whilst we are still living.
1. Don’t hold grudges- at the beginning of this year, a name came up in my conversation with my mother and sister. This particular person was very close to me, but not anymore due to a rift that occurred more than a decade ago. Time has passed, wounds are healed and we have met on few occasions; our interactions have been brief and civil, nonetheless. But they both advised me to go a step further in calling the person just to check on him every now and then. I have reached out, life is indeed a sandglass. Make up with any you have aught with. I watched a sportscaster in tears at the devastating news begging for reconciliation on every viewer’s part if it is possible to abridge any difference(s), because life is short. That was powerful watching that.
2. Do what you truly love- life waits for no one. We have to follow our passion and do what we really love. What are we waiting for? Write that book you have put on hold, follow that hobby that tends to give you more fulfillment than your current 9-5 job. I thank God that every Sunday after church, I have a sense of fulfillment and pride in what I do- pastoring. I feel this is what I have been put on earth for. Nothing beats that feeling. Even though, I am bi-vocational and have a paid profession, I still feel I am doing my life’s worth in pastoring- never been paid before. It is not about money, but fulfilling a purpose you truly love. Dr. Myles Munroe of blessed memory said, “if you can do it [work] without getting paid and money is not an issue, then that is your true assignment”. I am glad I am walking in mine.
3. Think of others- life is not me, myself and I. Your sojourn on this earth should touch humanity. Be a blessing to someone. Take someone under your wing to teach, coach and inspire. Everyone on this earth has something to offer. After you are gone, someone should be thankful for your existence. That is how you build a legacy. Tributes are still pouring in for Kobe, because he was a big advocate of women’s basketball, coached young girls to play the game and was writing children’s books among the many notable feats. Most basketball players were crying because they had personal accounts of him reaching out to them to encourage, inspire or mentor them, especially the younger crop of players. So he wasn’t just a basketball player, he was more than that.
4. Believe in God- after all is said and done, there is a God, the creator of Heaven and earth, the maker of our soul. After this life is over, we will meet God. It is an appointment EVERYONE on this earth will certainly meet. It doesn’t matter whether you believe it or not. There is a hereafter. Life will move on and it truly isn’t over when one dies. Your time left on this earth will be a good time to know who God is and if he truly exist?
“The fool says in his heart, “There’s no God…” Psalms 14:1
Let us live this life intentionally and on purpose. We have only one life. It isn’t like the video game which gives you ten lives to go on a hunting mission. You will know what I am talking about if you have played one of such games. May posterity judge us well when our chapter on this earth is done.
Till I come your way again…
Peace & Love