When one has an emergency, everything else comes to a screeching halt. I find it amazing how quickly priorities shift when we are faced with urgent circumstance. A car accident, a fire, or a life-threatening illness all demands our immediate attention. We drop everything and put all of our focus on what is immediately before us. To-do lists and secondary priorities fall to the wayside.
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14
There is a phrase that says, “Life is fragile. Handle with care.” I’ve seen another one that says, “Life is fragile. Handle with prayer.” How true! James tells us that our life is but mist, or a vapor. We are here today and gone tomorrow.
If our life is but a vapor, how will we spend it? Jesus makes it very clear that we are to 1) love God, 2) love others. What really matters in this life are souls and relationships! When an emergency hits, I want others to know that I love them. What if we lived like that all of the time?
Now, I’m certainly not encouraging you to forget your responsibilities. However, I do think it is good to slow down and realize what really matters in life!