the vapor

“You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away,” (James 4:14 NASB).

I am a people watcher.  It’s one of my most favorite things to do.  The other day, I was sitting in the car waiting for my lady to return.  As I waited, I saw people walking on the sidewalk.  There were short people, tall people, people with dogs, single people, married people, young people and middle-aged people.  There’s one thing that stood out to me, though: old people.

Particularly, this older couple caught my attention.  They looked to be in their mid 50’s and were walking together, holding onto each other’s arm.  Their walk was in sync.  They looked happy.  Maybe they were blessed enough to have grown old together.  I don’t remember much about the woman, but I remember the man.  He had on a stylish leather jacket, a pair of grey slacks and dark shoes.  His hair was “salt & peppered”, with more “salt” growing in around his ears.

Just then, I had a thought.  That will be in a few weeks.

I am 35 years old.  I’ve said it before: I don’t really remember how I got to this point.  It just kind of happened.  Where has the time gone?  I’ve witnessed people’s mental capacity reduced to a child-like state.  I’ve seen people that I loved transition to the great beyond.  Now that I’m more aware, I realize that it won’t be long until I’m the age of the man I saw (Lord willing).

I understand my life a lot differently nowadays.  Life is really short, but can be long when filled with regret.  I’m concerned with leaving this place better than I found it.  I want to treat everyone with respect, not because that’s what I want in return, but because that’s what’s required.  I choose to love those who are harder to love, and smile as much as I can.

I’m not meant to be here forever.  I’m here to do a certain thing, learn a certain thing and move on.  I’m only passing through.

Until next time,

Love & Peace.



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