As people get older they often remark about "how times flies." Time is the same for young and old, but the older we get, the more conscious we become of the swift passage of our lives.
Job said, "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle." (Job 7:6)
The Psalmist said,
"For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again." (Psalm 78:39)
James wrote that life is
"… even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (James 4:14)
Life is too short for us to DELIBERATELY PASS BY THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOY AND ENRICHMENT THAT COME OUR WAY. It is not so much that others deprive us of happiness, but that we deprive ourselves. It is tragic that some miss so many of the good things of this world simply because they will not allow themselves the pleasure.
Life is too short TO NEGLECT FRIENDSHIPS. No one has too many friends and no friendship is of negligible value. Probably every day there are opportunities for making and strengthening relationships with others. A stranger today could be a brother tomorrow.
Life is too short TO NEGLECT FELLOWSHIP WITH FELLOW CHRISTIANS. The public and private occasions when we can be together to share interests, to share laughter, and to show affection are blessings from God. We realize that even the most gregarious person needs some time to be alone, but we also realize that the opportunities will soon be gone. Faces we remember from the past are not seen anymore. Their cherished voices and pleasant laughter are absent now. Life is too short for us to deprive ourselves of opportunities for Christian fellowship.
Life is too short TO ENTERTAIN BAD ATTITUDES. Sometimes it happens that someone will get upset or cross and let a sore fester inside for months and even years. Their satisfaction is the satisfaction of being consistently miserable. This does, of course, affect and hurt others, but the worst injury is to themselves. Time is too short and life too precious to be blighted by unchristian attitudes.
Life is too short TO REFUSE THE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO GOOD FOR OTHERS. The building blocks of the meaningful life are kind words and helpful deeds. People tend to think of this after it's too late. Perhaps the one time many would disagree with Jesus is when he said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35), but in fact he was right. Our own selfishness can rob us of great blessings.
Life is too short TO NEGLECT OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT. One who feels he can live a consecrated life without much help simply does not understand the Christian life. Bible classes, special services, gospel literature, etc. are not intended as activities just for people with nothing to do. It is a sad irony that so often those who most need help are the ones who deny themselves such opportunities.
Life is too short TO FAIL TO SPEAK TO OTHERS ABOUT THE SAVIOR. We are a dying race and very soon we will all be gone, including our associates, friends and family. Gone to where depends upon our relationship to Christ. This life affords no greater privilege than the privilege of helping another be saved. But worldly pride, selfishness, indifference, and lack of preparation are keeping us from even trying. Too soon we may watch our neighbors perish.
"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." (Psalm 90:12)