Where is the Joy?

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. -James 4:14

 

     When I was young girl, I thought that people my age were really old. I can’t believe that I am at this “really old” age. The thing that is horrifying about it, though, is that it feels like last year I was that young girl. This life of mine, in retrospect, has flown by. It seemed at times like it was taking its sweet old time. But now, it seems like the mist that James was referring to.

 

     I can’t believe that it’s been so long since I graduated High school. I can’t believe I have no more children at home. I can’t believe that I no longer have to build my career because my career is over.

Wow, that went fast!

 

What am I doing with this one life that God has given me?

 

     When I was just getting started, I bought into the American dream of getting my education, getting married, having a family, a home, enough money to take vacations and send the kids to college so they can begin their own version of the American dream cycle. I have attained it, to a certain extent, but now I feel a little bit like I might have been sold a bill of goods. What’s the goal of the American dream? Me.

 

     God told Isaiah to bring his children to Him “…everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” -Isaiah 43:7

 

     I once listened to a message titled, “Don’t waste your Life.” It had a tremendous effect on me. The pastor talked about a couple who took early retirement so that they could move to Florida and spend their days trolling on a boat and collecting shells on the beach. He also talked about two American women in their 80’s, who are spending their lives in Cameroon, visiting people who need medical treatment, and sharing the gospel with people who had never heard of Jesus.

 

     Looking back, I think that I was misled. I thought that my life is about me; what I have, what I do, what I accomplish, for me. At this really old age I see that life has hardly anything to do with me. Life is about glorifying God and living for Him; by what I give away, what I do for others, what I accomplish, for His glory. That’s where the joy is!

 

     C.T. Studd wrote, “Only one Life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” As I get closer to the vanishing of the mist, I’m thinking about buying a ticket for Cameroon. Anyone want to go with me?

 

You were made to know God.

You have only one life.

Don’t waste it.

4 thoughts on “Where is the Joy?

  1. I do! I do! (But then you already knew that)
    I love this wisdom so much and it’s so good to hear at my age of thirty-something and stage of life. That American dream is so subtly persuasive!

  2. So true about life flying by… sometimes I look back and wonder “so what was the point?” Only what’s done for God will last. See you in Cameroon😉!

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