Week 14 Wednesday

Life Is Short

Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 39-41

Key verses: Psalm 39:4-5


Life is short.  It’s a platitude we’ve all heard.

It’s also true.

The problem is most of us don’t really believe it.  Or at least you couldn’t tell we do by our actions.

I suppose it’s only natural that many of us act as if we believe we are going to live a long, long time.

Eighteen-year-olds are especially guilty of this.  They tend to think they are invincible – no matter what they do.

But lots of us act as if we think we have plenty of time too.

So, we spend our days filling them with all sorts of activity – some worthy of our limited time – some not.


The Psalmist, in stark contrast has this to say:


“Show me, Lord, my life’s end

    and the number of my days;

    let me know how fleeting my life is.

You have made my days a mere handbreadth;

    the span of my years is as nothing before you.

Everyone is but a breath,

    even those who seem secure.”


Well, all I can add – as a pastor – is this:  life is short.  And eternity is a very, very long time.

What can we do – today – to make the time we spend here count?  And what can we do to prepare for an eternity with God that builds on what we have done here with the time we were given?

The clock is ticking: believe it or not.


Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the gift of life – and time.  Help me to make every minute count.  AMEN.
























By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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