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Simply Human

It’s good to be reminded that we aren’t as awesome and powerful as we think we are. We are frail and, like every other creature God created, we are only here temporarily. James 4:14 tells us, “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.”

Life is fleeting, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to live apathetically. Ecclesiastes 3:17 says God will hold each of us accountable for how we lived. That might seem harsh, but what we do with our time on Earth matters to God because we matter to God.

We do not serve a random, hands-off cosmic being. We are not victims of karma or fate. Psalm 139 describes a Heavenly Father who made each of us on purpose, for a purpose and with a purpose. God knew us before we were born and uniquely placed each of us in our families, school and workplaces. Ecclesiastes 3:22 calls these assignments our “lot,” and encourages us to embrace and enjoy the assignment we’ve been given: “There is nothing better than for a man to enjoy his work, because that is his lot.”

God has placed each of us where we are to give us the best experience of His presence and His goodness. The work might be hard, but God knows that as we’re growing closer to Him we will experience greater joy than we ever thought possible. So how will you approach your lot today? Will you pursue God’s plans and prosper, or push them away and perish?


  • How does it change the way you see the people in your workplace or your school when begin to think about the fact that you aren’t there by accident?
  • Are you making the most of your time during this life? Or are you making excuses and allowing life to get the best of you?

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