Life is a dash

Inspirational Insights by Pastor Theo Snyman

JOB’S description of our life on earth is quite descriptive.

He says: “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure” (Job 14:1, 2).

We do not have any say over the day of our birth nor the day of our death, but what happens between these two dates is our responsibility. We were never asked to be born, nor could we choose our parents, and the circumstances into which we were born were determined by others.

We could say that the time afforded us is the “dash” between the day of our birth and the day of our death. Job’s description of this period is as follows: “My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy. They skim past like boats of papyrus, like eagles swooping down on their prey” (Job 9:25, 26). Time seems to fly, and before we know it, life has gone by!

We need to make the most of every opportunity, for they may only come around once in a lifetime. Those we miss may be the cause of deep regret. Those we make use of may have a life-changing effect upon others. It may even change our destiny forever!

“A man finds joy in giving an apt reply – and how good is a timely word” (Proverbs 15:23). We must never underestimate the power of the tongue, so we should use it to bless, edify and encourage. Harsh words foolishly spoken are so destructive! If you have been adversely affected by hurtful words, why not make use of this moment to forgive?

Don’t just “dash” through life… it is far too precious!

Quotations from New International Version


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