How Fleeting Life Is

As I was reading through the book of Psalms the other day, I stumbled across a prayer of David’s that really stood out to me.

“Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.” Psalm 39:4

I felt like this should be our prayer too.

In today’s society, everything is so fast paced and routinely planned. Many people wake up, go to work/school, go home, and then sleep with a few events mixed in here and there. Sure, there are some really cool parts of the day. But most often, you can find people just going about their daily business, mind half asleep alongside an attitude brimmed with negativity and stress.

I think God wants more of us. I think God wants us to have a vision- His vision. I think God wants us to do something- something big, of His proportion.

And it seems like this mundane living is what’s stopping people from doing amazing things. What if we truly did realize and understand how short and fleeting our life is?

Would we not stop wasting it on pointless websites, watching pointless TV shows, talking about pointless things, and regretting pointless mistakes? There is definitely enjoyment to be found in the little things in life like a new CD or a short chat with a friend, but it’s the distraction of those things that I think needs to be done away with.

We are holding ourselves back from our full potential.

We need to truly see that our days are numbered. And another one isn’t guaranteed.

What would you do if you only had 30 days left to live?

Would you make goals and then not follow through on them? Would you procrastinate that important phone call or hoard your possessions and wealth?


I think if we were made more aware of how short our life really is, our relationships would improve with genuine honesty and our passions would be followed with hard work and dedication.

So today I’m asking God that He opens my eyes, our eyes, to how fleeting life truly is so that we can begin chasing after what truly matters.

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