Life is Fragile

Life is short, incredibly short and very, very fragile.

I was reminded of this recently when I picked up a friend from the hospital.

Heart Monitor Screen
Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am not a big fan of doctors and hospitals. I mean, I’m glad they are there to help those who need them. I simply prefer to stay on the outside. Even when I am just visiting someone at the hospital, I get all queasy. Yeah, I’m not cut out to be a doctor, but I’m thankful for those who are able to handle those type of things. :)

As I was waiting for a nurse to bring up a wheelchair to escort my discharged friend downstairs, I noticed something at the nurses’ station I had never seen before.

There was this monitor on one of the tables and on this monitor was the heart rate of everyone in the surrounding block of rooms.
I stood there, entranced by the lines going across the screen that represented the heartbeat of each patient. It was humbling and sobering to realize that a drop of those lines would send all the nurses scrambling in an attempt to save that life.

Any moment, those lines could plunge downward, along with the life of the patient.
Wow. A very sobering thought.

Even more sobering, my heart is in the same position as any of those patients. At any moment my heart rate could plunge downward and my earthly life could be over within a few moments.

Now, as a Christ follower, I don’t fear death. Rather, I’m looking forward to Home, Heaven, with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(Hebrews 11:16)

Yet, as a Christ follower, I have a specific calling while I am still on this earth. I am to be salt & light, telling others about my Savior and sharing the gospel with everyone.
(Matthew 5:13-16, 28:19-20)

So I have to ask myself, is this calling shaping every area of my life? Or have I become preoccupied with this short time span my heart rate will register on a monitor, in this present life called now?

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Am I living for this life or the next? Am I more concerned about the welfare of the souls of others or my own comfort? Am I caught up with the cares, comforts, pleasures and possessions of this life? Or has eternity truly eclipsed my heart? Jesus or self? Others or me? The gospel or ease? Cross-carrying or self-pleasing? Love or self-centeredness? Boldness or cowardliness?

Yeah, these are hard questions, yet an encounter like I had the other day always pushes me to consider them.

My prayer is that my life will be categorized as a man who isn’t living for here, but for there. A man who lives for Jesus, not self. A man who risks all because souls are on the line. A man whose eyes are turned heavenward, passionately living for Christ with whatever time is left with my life on this earth.

Truly, may it be all about the Savior.

For whom are you living? Do you have the hope of eternal life? Is Jesus your personal Lord and Savior? If He isn’t, don’t waste a moment in committing your life to Him and finding forgiveness of your sins today! Now is the day of salvation! No one is guaranteed tomorrow.
(The gospel - Romans 3:23, 6:23, 10:9-13, John 3:16)

Yes, life is short and fragile, but eternal life with Jesus is coming and that is where I desire to be focused in on.

Eyes on Christ, may the things of this world grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

"For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"
- Matthew 16:26

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
- Philippians 1:21