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Vanishing Vapors

by Joanna Pierce on August 31, 2016

Long gone are the days when my sisters and I would crowd around the downstairs TV, pile atop a large, black fuzzy pillow, squeal excitedly, and laugh hysterically until we cried. What were we doing? Playing Super Mario Brothers 3 on none other than the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

After beating the game, we would have fun challenging each other to “war” sessions. In the game-provided player-dueling venue, we’d launch our very own war session—a highly-virtualized game of tag. We’d chase Mario and Luigi around the screen, not even following the object of the game.

Our players died quite often because we weren’t paying attention to the dangers in the war sessions. We were purely running from each other and having a marvelous time. If a user died, he was quick to regenerate and we’d begin our chasing game all over again…

If you didn’t know, real life isn’t like one of these archaic video games—or even the new ones.

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away (James 4:14, KJV).

Our life is precious in a way that I cannot describe. We won’t live forever, and we’re not even promised we’ll live to see tomorrow. But, we seem to gravitate toward living our lives with the assumption we’ll always see another day.

It’s scary to think that a lot of us live life day-to-day the same way we do playing video games. We’re distracted by the vibrant colors, amazed by the high-definition graphics, and unfazed when we mess up because we know there’s another chance to try again. We’re too busy having a great time living in the world to pay attention the dangers lurking around the corner.

Life is real, short, and serious. Every day we live, we should make every second count—we should never assume we’ll get another chance at something, or have another opportunity. We can’t think that we have tomorrow to set the record straight or resolve a problem with a loved one. We can’t laugh at the enemy (or fail to notice him) and expect to win the war.

And, we especially can’t wait until tomorrow to get right with God.

Unlike a video game, we can’t check the “life” or “health” of our virtual avatar and see how much game time we have left. We’re closing in on the end of our earthly game, and we don’t have too many lives left. Ours is just a vapor and could be gone in a moment. The Lord could call us home, or He could come back for His church.

I encourage you today, dear reader, to make today count; don’t wait for tomorrow. Vapors vanish away and don’t return; they don’t regenerate like in video games. Make your life matter; make it mean something; make it worth something for God. The time is now—don’t wait!