The Vapor


James 4:14 says, “…you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”


Have you ever watched steam rise from a boiling pot? It is there and then it is instantly gone. That is the comparison that James is giving with our physical lives and vapor/mist. Yet, somehow, we feel that we are guaranteed a nice long life…84 years or so and we miss the emphasis of the comparison.


If you knew that your life was going to end tomorrow, wouldn’t you do things differently today? Of course you would! You would spend the day with your family, savoring every second. You would make sure that your affairs are in order. And I believe that you would get your spiritual house in order. You would accept Christ if you have never done so; you would ask for God’s forgiveness for sin in your life and you would make sure that heaven is your final destination.


The problem is, you or I do not know if this is our last day or not. We live as if we have plenty of time but what if…


Almost a week ago, our community was rocked by the sudden death of Andrew Pray, husband of Courtney, father to three precious children, son to Buster and Martha, brother, friend and encourager to many, Worship Pastor of West Ridge, a fellow church in our community. Andrew was out biking and was killed when a bus hit him. This tragedy happened the day before Thanksgiving, a day when people gather with their families to focus on gratitude for the many blessings of God. The Pray family was planning a funeral for their beloved Andrew.


Andrew Pray would have been 31 years old yesterday. Yes, yesterday was his birthday. A vapor…a short life…31 years, but from all that I have heard and read, Andrew made those 31 years count.


I did not know Andrew Pray personally. Several of my sons and many of my friends did. Yet, my heart aches for his family and friends, and for the West Ridge body. I have prayed many prayers the past few days for all of those affected by Andrew’s death, especially his family. I hurt for them.


I read a tweet that Andrew actually posted the day before he died: “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” NLT – I Corinthians 2:9 Wow…how powerful is this? Andrew has now seen, he has now heard and he is experiencing what lies ahead for believers!


In closing, I would challenge you to live every single day of your life as if it is your last. Make a difference! For God and for your family. Live to leave a legacy. Your life is a vapor. You are not guaranteed another day or even another hour. Make every second count!


May Andrew Pray’s life be an example to each of us…and please, join me in praying for this dear family as they grieve and as they heal. God bless you Pray family.

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