Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. James 4:13-14
These wise words from James came to mind yesterday while attending the funeral of a good friend. After battling hard against cancer for 12 years, Marla is finally at rest. She was a good friend to my wife Karen and I, and we will miss her terribly. We first met Marla at the Christian Youth Center in Joliet, Illinois where I served as director of teens from 1985-89; she was one of my student leaders. We remained in steady contact with her over the years, as she developed from one of our students to being a close personal friend and colleague. She left behind her husband and her 3 sons – the youngest a senior in high school.
Marla was 9 years younger than me. It never occurred to me that I might someday attend her funeral. I’m glad she lived her life well. She was one of the most authentic followers of Christ that I’ve had the privilege of knowing personally.
Her death reminds me that life is fragile – that none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Therefore we must live life to the fullest. I can remember my spiritual mentor always saying, “Only one life soon will be past, only what is done for Christ will last.”
A good reminder for me. For all of us.