My heart is overflowing with thanksgiving as Douglas and I approach next weekend when we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.
The Bible says “life is a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” That is the way we feel as we look back on our married years, or even our life in general. I imagine that you feel the same way if you are in the older generation. It may be that you, like I, wonder how Christmas has “slipped up” on us so fast. It seems it comes earlier and earlier every year. A day, a month, a year, yea even a lifetime, is like a vapor that appears for a little while and then “whoosh” and it is gone.
We hear people say, “Oh, if I had my life to live over, I would do so and so,” or “If I could go back…” But we can’t go back. There is no redoing life. It is a one-time shot, and we have to give it our best to gain the best life here and in the life to come.
So what would I suggest for a person looking at the beginning of their life? Let me think…
- Give your life to the Lord as early in life as possible. If not, many blessings will be missed that one could have been enjoying all along.
- Be a prayerful person. The Bible says, “Ask and you shall receive.” “You have not because you ask not.” Pray and ask God for the things that you desire that are in accordance with his will. Pray when you have no clue how your prayer can be answered, but believe that He can and will answer it.
- Be a thoughtful person. Think of others. Look for those who are hurting, who need encouraging, who could use a hand or a hand-out, and reach out to them. Don’t expect anything in return, but be thankful you have the ability to help them. Be a giver, not a taker.
- Be a thankful person. Don’t be afraid to verbally express your thankfulness out loud, and always think about how richly God has blessed you. A thankful person is a happy person. Remember you don’t have to have the finest to be happy and a blessed person.
- Be a contented person. Be content with what you have and where you are in life. That doesn’t imply not to try and do better, but be content to the point that you are not nagging and complaining about how things are with you in life. It is a fact there are others who are a lot worse off than you.
- Be a dreamer or a goal setter. Always have something you are working for and looking forward to achieving. Learn something new regularly. Read books that will teach you something, or help you improve. Don’t stagnate and become a pitty-party person. Get up, get out, and get busy, doing something!
- Be a student of the Bible. The scriptures tell us to “study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed.” Read and absorb the Bible while you are young, though it is never too late to begin a study of the word of God. Read some in the Bible every day. I suggest reading a book in the Bible each day. An hour of reading will cover many chapters in the Bible. If you don’t enjoy reading it, because you can’t pronounce some of the names, get an audio Bible and listen to it. I can crochet and listen to the Bible, which I do a lot.
- Make plans to go to Heaven. Think about heaven and the people who are there. Look forward to being with all the saved ones in glory. Just as if you were going to take a trip on a vacation, now is the time to plan your eternity with all the saints who have gone before. Be there! I’ll be looking for YOU!!!