I came upon James 4.14 in my devotions this morning, and I jumped over to 1 Peter 1.24, 25.
James 4.14: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away
1 Peter 1.24, 25: For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
My life here is as the grass, as a vapor, both of which appear for a little time and then vanish away. God created within man a deep desire to make a difference in the world, to know somehow that he will live on somewhere, somehow. And then He tells me I’m as grass? I will wither and vanish?
Yes, if I live all the while for me. What I do, day to day, may not matter a lot to many people. I’m doing laundry right now. That matters to me and my husband (and to those who won’t have to hold their noses when they’re near us). Tomorrow I’ll have my regular visit to my little group at the assisted living place. That matters a lot to me, and I think it does to them, too.
But whatever I do, day to day, I can carry out in the name of the Lord. I can give thanks and praise to Him in all I do.
Then God can do with it what He will. Sometimes I’ll find out in this world what kind of a lasting impact I’m having on others (I get these kinds of kudos once in a while at the assisted living place, from my parents, husband, and friends). I think there’s a whole lot we’ll never know about until we reach glory. And there, when we can finally properly worship God, we will see what He was up to all this time, how He worked through us to others, to bring glory to Himself and joy all around.
Colossians 3.17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.