Life’s Too Short

5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered. Psalm 90:5-6

  • How much time did you spend fuming and over the money the self checkout overcharged you for that ice cream?
  • Remember the guy who cut you off on your way to work this morning? Why’d he get under your skin so much?
  • The waitress didn’t mean to get your order wrong, so why’d you chew her out and demean her?
  • You’re sitting at your computer and your grand daughter came to sit on your lap. Why’d you push her away and tell her to come back in a few minutes?
  • Do you still get upset when standing in a long line at the DMV, Post Office, or the supermarket checkout? Why?
  • How much time did you spend comparing the features of the $9 vs $12 item online?


We only have so much of it, and then we’re gone. Gone. Your list of “life’s too short” items is probably similar to my list. We waste so much time obsessing over the most minor things.

Sometimes we just need a jolt into reality. That can come when we hear what life’s like in other countries, when we hear about true tragic stories in our towns, and when someone actually points out the things we do as not worthy of our times (“Let it go! It’s not worth it”).

Lord God,
Help us to say like Jonathan Edwards said to “Stamp eternity on our eyeballs.” Stop us when we waste time. Help us instead to focus on the things that truly matter.


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