When a university student asked Billy Graham what had been the biggest surprise in his life, he answered, “My biggest surprise in life is its brevity.”
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James would agree. He wrote to those bragging about their big plans for the future, “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 NIV).
His words reminded me of September 11, 2001 when terrorist attacks killed 2,996 people—people who’d started their day as usual. Many had plans for dinner that night or vacations that summer or grand projects that would never be realized. Job put it this way, “My days come and go swifter than the click of knitting needles, and then the yarn runs out—an unfinished life!” (Job 7:6 The Message).Continue Reading