For What is Your Life?

For what is your life?
Whereas 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.
— James 4:14 (NKJV)

In a little seaside village there is a sign next to the beautiful beach that says , 

"When you leave let only your footprints remain."

Yesterday, I received a sad email to inform me that my oldest friend had passed away, I knew him from early childhood.  I sat quietly by myself for a moment, and reflected on my early childhood in Zambia where we went to infant school together. In the hot tropical afternoons, after we had our lunch and had done our homework, we'd cycle down to the municipal swimming baths and play together.  Just about every weekend we would stay at each other's house - we literally grew up together in our formative years. 

We travelled overseas together as young men, me to study agriculture, and him art.  He then married a pretty English girl and remained in England and became a very successful cartoonist. I returned to my beloved Africa, where I married a beautiful young girl from Zambia and started farming. That friendship started sixty years ago, and yet I can remember it as if it were just yesterday.

The Word of God tells us very clearly that our lives are but a vapour, here today and gone tomorrow, we do not have time to waste arguing, holding grudges, or fighting, life is too brief for that!

You see, what the little signboard on the beach didn't say, was that when the next tide comes in, it will wash away your footprints, and there will remain absolutely nothing.  The only thing which remains is memories, let you and me make sure that they are good ones of us.

Let people say of us: "We remember that person fondly for he, or she, was a friend of Jesus and not so much because of what they said, but rather, by who they were!"

Remember a good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree, bad fruit.

God Bless you,
Angus and Jill Buchan.

Angus Buchan