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The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people. (Isaiah 40:7 NLT)

Some things are certain in this life. Whether we realize it or not, we’re in our mortal bodies for only a very short time. Young people don’t seem to think they’ll ever grow old but as I’m approaching my golden years, my body keeps reminding me that I won’t always be able to do what I could once do with ease.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve also noticed that time seems to be speeding up. I suppose this is partly because I now realize there are many things that I wanted to do that I might never get around to doing.

Now that I realize how short life really is, especially compared to eternity, I wish that I had spent my time during my younger years more wisely. After all, I only have a certain number of days to serve the Lord and do His will before I meet Him face-to-face. As children of God, we only have a brief moment in time to earn our eternal rewards which we’ll enjoy forever.

I love this 5-minute video from Pastor Francis Chan which drives home the point that we need to keep our focus on eternity instead of just focusing on doing the things that make us more comfortable in this life.

I first professed my belief in Jesus as the Son of God and accepted Him as my Savior more than 40 years ago. Since that day, I’ve never doubted that Jesus is who He claims to be. However, that belief didn’t keep me from living my life on my own terms for several years, which resulted in repeating the same sins over and over. In 2013, I became determined to make Jesus the Lord of my life. It was then that the Holy Spirit gave me an insatiable appetite for God’s word. As I turned more and more of my life over to Jesus and cooperated with the Holy Spirit, He has helped me break free of the sins that once enslaved me. Since then, I’ve been strongly compelled to share God’s word and to warn others that we need to get ready because Jesus is coming soon.

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