What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.James 4:14
As everyone knows, I am a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan. Their legendary coach Vince Lombardi was famous for saying: “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” Our family has many traditions and activities where we often find ourselves running out of time. During the days of summer at the point where dusk begins to set in, it creates a restlessness in our boys where they want to get as many things done as possible. Walks around the neighborhood, pickup basketball games, and shooting lacrosse balls often start at dusk with an incredible sense of urgency as they realize the day is fleeting.
“We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”Vince LombardiWhen we know time is short, it is incredible how much we can manage to pack into a short period of time, and how much more we value it. I was amused last night as I observed my son Luke practicing lacrosse all the way until dark to the point where he could no longer even see the ball, yet he had neglected to pick up his stick until dusk began to set in.
In the book of James it says our life is like a mist appearing on the grass in the morning at the dawn of a new day. When dusk sets in, things that are urgent and important often gain our attention that might not have earlier on. As we think about our days I’m reminded to stay focused, to live with urgency, and to maintain a “living at dusk” mindset.
In a Biblical sense, Vince Lombardi’s great quote could be rewritten: “We win when we honor God with our valuable and limited time.” As I reflect on this in my walk with Christ it causes me to examine my priorities and make sure that each moment that God gives me is focused on the things that matter most to Him.
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