Red Lights

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

I do not often like to stop for red lights. Do you? Late at night when no cars are anywhere in sight I am so tempted to just run the light. Well, to be honest I have. How ironic to think that I’d need to die and be in a hearse to eventually run red lights legally and safely.

In thinking about red lights, I thought of other kinds of red lights we might need to stop for. We may not want to stop for them either sometimes.

Then I began to thank God for the “red lights” I may hit in my daily life. Yes, sometimes, they’re literally red lights. Other times, they may be people who stop me because they need to talk. A call, a text, an email that seems to demand a response. It’s those type of red lights that tell me I still have breath in my lungs, and I still have a mission to live for God’s purposes.

It’s easy to want to do, do, do, and be busy ‘doing’ our way through life. We like to feel the sense of accomplishment in checking off boxes only to make more lists and more boxes to check off as done. Accomplished!

Our lives will be much less stressful, and our relationships so much deeper if we take more little blessing breaks or red light moments in our lives and slowed down a little.

We are never wasting time when we are doing what God wants us to do which is to love other people well and give thanks to Him while we still have breath in these brief lives of ours.

Father, we know our time on earth is but a few moments in the cosmic story. Help us to use our brief time wisely, and leave love as our legacy.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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