Last night we had a great time honoring our graduating seniors. It was a good reminder of how quickly time goes by. It seems like only yesterday since those students arrived as freshmen. Now they are graduating. James 4:14 reminds us that life is like a mist that appears for a little while and then disappears. If your entire life is that short, then what about your time in college? If you even live to be 60 or 80 years old, your time at college is a fraction of your life. How should you live in light of this realization?
(1) Don’t put so much pressure on yourself that it leads to anxiety. In a few years (and certainly when you’re 80 years old), you won’t remember what grade you made on that exam or research paper. Work hard, and do the best that you can, but don’t feel as though your life depends on that particular grade.
(2) Seek to glorify God today. In that passage in James chapter 4, he is reminding us that we have no guarantee of tomorrow. Too often, we tend to assume that we will have many years of life remaining. But what would happen if you lived every day as if it were your last? What would you do? What would you not do? I think you would focus on the things that truly matter. You would focus on the things that would last after you are gone. If we live with the eternal things in view, instead of the temporal, our life will make a difference. We will make a difference because we are not just focused on our own selves, but on what God wants for us. And God’s purposes stand forever.
Don’t waste today. It will quickly be gone like a vapor.