James 4:14 tells us “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.  You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

I sometimes consider myself a new found Christian. I absolutely know that God has been writing my story and leading me to where I am now; however, there are still a lot of things I do not know about the Bible or our God himself.  

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Since my walk with Christ has become more evident, one of the most common things I hear is how God is in control and how God knows things before we even know them ourselves.  That itself can be hard to wrap our minds around sometimes, yet it amazingly keeps our hearts bursting with faith, hope and love.

Sometimes it is easy to accept that you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow.  Or you may be like me and have every hour planned out on your calendar…

Reading James 4:14 has opened my eyes in this very moment.  

I am a vapor.  

How many times have you heard that one?  I am here only for a little while and then I vanish away.  

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While I was in Central America the biggest thing that I would say I struggled with was being there.  Obviously I was there physically, but sometimes mentally and emotionally I was not.  My seven weeks in Central America was just that… a vapor.  

As I sit here, I think about what is next to be done on my schedule and how sometimes I’m only living for the end of the day, or the week, or the month, in hopes something better arises. I can’t help but ask myself…

What is better than this moment we have right now?  This moment that God has given us…

Nothing.

Nothing is better than this moment.

“Instead, you ought to say ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that’”  James 4:15 NASB

Lord if YOU will, I will live in Your name and do this or that, that You have called me to do.  

This life I’m living is for God, given by God. 

When I feel my soul becoming selfish and wishing time away, that is when I begin to realize that my main focus shouldn’t only be on myself or earthly things.  God has promised each of us more than just the earthly things.  God has promised us, His sons & daughters, a life eternal.

We are a vapor on this earth. On His earth.

“This is the promise in which He Himself made to us; eternal life.” 1 John 2:25 NASB


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Mackenzie Thomason is a lover of Jesus and His people. She just recently returned from a seven week mission trip to Guatemala where her heart was reignited for the Kingdom of God. You can follow her on Instagram at @mackenziethomason_.

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