"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A "Vapor" Called Life

UPDATE: Chris went home to Jesus, Thursday, February 26th.

James 4:14 tells us, "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." I am a huge proponent of this truth.  Since reaching the "second half", I have tried to live out the application that this verse teaches us.  Primarily, I think it should drive us to realize the blessing and the urgency of today.  To motivate us to consider the brevity of our time and the importance of relationships, kindness to others and the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy. 

Over the past few days this verse has struck close to home.  A good friend of ours has gone from perfect health (running a marathon not too long ago) to fighting for his life.  The news came just 10 days ago and chemo / radiation begins later this week. There is hope, but there is also an uphill battle against an aggressive cancer. 

My friend was a constant presence during my time at Auburn. A groomsman in our wedding. The source of many wonderful memories.  In fact, just this past fall, Christy and I had the opportunity to reunite with his family at a game on campus.  It had been several years and it was a great day.  Beyond that, he is one of the kindest, most humble and respected guys for which I have ever been associated.  We have certainly been blessed by many wonderful friendships with incredible individuals along this journey, (several of you are regular readers), he is right up there at the top. An all-around good person.

Today, I had the opportunity to visit him.  Driving back from Texas allowed me the flexibility to stop by his house, (thank you Lord for unexpected plans).  We prayed for healing and for a peace to settle on his family.  With a heavy heart we laughed about old times and more than once said, "I can't believe that was almost 25 years ago."  Honestly, I'm not real good in these situations.  That is more of Christy's gift.  As I told my friend, I am an eternal optimist.  I will remain in denial of any potential negative news and will look forward to running his next marathon with him. What I wanted to say was, regardless of what the next few months or years hold, we will all be coming home right behind you. It won't be long.

Today it is our friend, and perhaps many of you are battling similar situations as well. Tomorrow it might be any of us.  The Psalmist says in chapter 39:6, "My age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor." So, embrace today!  Squeeze out all of the opportunity that it offers to touch someones life in a positive way.  Give it your very best, in discipleship, in the home, in your job, or in your running shoes.  My friend joked that he was living out Tim McGraw's song, "Live like you are dying."  I told him I think we should ALL be living out that song with him. 

Life is good, not always easy, but for the most part, good.  I pray that should a test result come back tomorrow with similar uncertainties, I will have the grace and confidence to face the future as our friend has demonstrated, and that I can be comforted in knowing I didn't waste too many days prior.

{If you are so inclined, I know 'Chris' would appreciate every prayer and good thought you could lift up.  Thank you, God Bless.}


  1. awesome post David! All we can do is do our very best to serve God TODAY - not knowing what tomorrow will bring. There are no promises. Without question, Chris's challenge has inspired a great deal of thought - 1) all the amazing blessings I have been given 2) never miss an opporutnity to tell my kids that I love them 3) all that really matters is your relationships - with God, your family, your friends and your fellow travelors --EVERYTHING else is just noise.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I just started doing bedside nursing in the last couple of years and my how my eyes have been opened to just how fast life goes by. I have had so many patients in their 30's and 40's having strokes with devastating consequences. They were healthy and active one day and the next lying in a hospital bed with severe disabiities never to be normal again. Many have to learn to walk and talk all over again and sadly some never do. It is heartbreaking to say the least.
    I am like you, I just pray if am put into a postion like many of my patients, I can handle it with God's grace and comfort and bring all glory to HIM!

  3. Anonymous, thank you and may you be a blessing and comfort to your patients.