DayBreaks for 07/12/12 – Like the Leaves of Autumn
Every year since 2004 Time magazine has each year recognized 100 people as the most influential in the world. As heady a thing as it would be to find your name on such a list, the recognition also highlights the fragility of life and power in this world.
In May 2008 Time recognized journalist Tim Russert as one of the 100 most influential people for the power he wielded over politics on the program Meet the Press. In June of 2008 the respected and beloved Russert suffered a heart attack at age 58 and died. How long has it been now since you’re heard about him? Can you even remember?
Also named among the most powerful in the world were the three candidates still in the race for president: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain. One month later, Hillary Clinton ended her campaign, and before the year was out McCain lost in the national election. You sure don’t hear as much about him anymore, do you?
Follow the others on the top 100 list and you can depend on it: their influence will pass, some in fading glory like the leaves of autumn, others overnight like a towering tree felled by a lumberjack.
Even for the most tenacious, life and power are brief. As we sang in worship this past Sunday, “Who are we compared to you?” The answer was well documented by the Psalmist long ago: Psalm 39:4-5 (NLT) – “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. 5 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”
Our time is limited, my friends. We will soon vanish. Will they way you have spent your time here truly reflect what you say you believe to be important? Will it resonate with the deepest longing of your heart and soul? If you think the answer may be “No”, even in just some areas of your life, now is the time to make adjustments.
PRAYER: Lord, we invite you to search our hearts, to show us where we need to change our lives to live in harmony with what you tell us is important and not to waste away our years chasing fleeting shadow figures that would cause us to pursue frivolous diversions! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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