Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 22nd, 2016
Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow. Lord, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them? They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.
Psalm 144:3-4 (NIV)
Man is Like Breath
People often comment on how quickly time flies, and with age, time seems to accelerate. What do you want the rest of your life to be characterized by? Ask the Lord to help you to take your limited number of days and use them for His glory.
British Columbia cities have some of the cleanest air on earth, according to the World Health Organization, which collected air quality data from over a thousand cities around the world. The global health body released its list of measurements ranking 1,100 cities in 91 countries and B.C. had six of the top 10 cities in the world, including Kitimat, Burns Lake, Houston, Terrace, Nanaimo and Nelson. The city with the cleanest air in the world was Whitehorse in the Yukon. The study focused on the prevalence of PM10 particles, which are particles of 10 micrometers or less that can penetrate the lungs and may enter the bloodstream. The tiny particles can cause respiratory problems and other diseases in humans, including heart disease, lung cancer and asthma. Most countries that ranked well benefit from lower population density, favourable climates and stricter air pollution regulation.
If you study history, you quickly become aware of how fleeting life can be. The most important people can quickly fade into obscurity and the most powerful person can quickly lose his power. Great kingdoms, that seem so strong and mighty, crumble into the ash heap of history. The mantra of the world are things like “I did it my way” or I’m a self-made man. The problem is that human success is fleeting and our financial security can disappear in a heartbeat. This is nothing new. The Psalmist writes, in Psalm 144:3-4: “Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow. Lord, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them? They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.” The older I get the more quickly time seems to be flying by. While there are days when life is difficult and time seems to crawl by, most of the time the days, weeks and months seem to disappear quickly. Before we know it, old age sneaks up on us and we wonder where time went. We would be wise to recognize this early in life and commit ourselves to doing what has eternal significance. We are here for a purpose – to bring honour and glory to God through faith in Jesus Christ. We are called to live each day with that purpose, and as we do, no matter how quickly life passes, we will be fulfilled.
These have been words from the heart.