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 How Fleeting is Life?

I got this email from Andrew Strom and thought it was so good that I am now sharing it here.

May you all be blessed!


-by Andrew Strom.

Most of you will have heard the sad news of the passing of two
pop icons in one day yesterday. Farrah Fawcett was 63 and died
after a long battle with cancer. Michael Jackson the "prince of pop",
aged only 50, died in even sadder circumstances. How tragic that
even the vast machinery of fame cannot shield its many lost sons
from a lonely, miserable existence and an unhappy end.

No doubt Farrah Fawcett could look back on the glory years when
young women around the world imitated her hairstyle and her "look".
I can remember as a kid watching "Charlie's Angels", though I have
to admit far preferring "The Six Million Dollar Man" as a 10-year-old.
She will be remembered as a battler to the end, an icon of her era.
But oh, how fleeting is life. And oh, how empty is fame. And oh,
how pointless is earthly success when eternity stretches before all.

Michael Jackson could have looked back on years of pop glory
and superstar fame - when his dance moves dazzled the whole
world. But then came the surgeries, the bizarre behaviour, the ugly
allegations, the court cases, the hundreds of million$ of debt.

Like another famous "prince" of pop (actually - his father in law -
Elvis Presley), he seemingly died unhappy and alone, his
"comeback" unrealized, his fame a chain around his neck, his
death a shock in one still so young. Elvis died at 42, and now his
son-in-law Michael at 50. Fame seemingly does not take good care
of its own when they pass their "use-by" date. And so the ephemeral
idols of our shallow culture continue crashing down.

"For what is your life?" asks the apostle James. "It is a vapor that
appears for a little time, and then vanishes away."

"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher of Ecclesiastes, "All is
vanity... All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to
dust again."

If it is one thing we can learn from the life and death of every 'icon'
on this planet, it is that we all must live with eternity in view, not
the fleeting charade of this present world. As Leonard Ravenhill so
eloquently asked, "Are the things you're living for worth Christ dying for?"

A sad day.

Send feedback to - [email protected]

God bless you all.

Andrew Strom.

Sandra Miller

 2009/6/26 9:20Profile

Joined: 2006/5/22
Posts: 2669
Nottingham, England

 Re: How Fleeting is Life?

Life is fleeting, so very fleeting. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. None of us.

The news of these deaths seemed to have shocked so many. It might make people wake up and start asking questions about their own future.

The oldest man in Britian right now is 113 years old.

He still has to die, for none of us will live eternally on this earth.

God help us to live for His glory and His glory alone.

God bless.

 2009/6/26 9:32Profile

Joined: 2008/10/9
Posts: 143
Ohio, USA

 Re: How Fleeting is Life?

I have been thinking about this lately. Not just because of the deaths of famous people, but because of what happen last week.

My family & I were camping last week. Everything was going pretty well. Until my son (less than 4 years old) fell onto our oven roaster. His right hand & arm was burnt badly.

I thank God that a week later, he is fine and he will make a full recovery.

But it doesn't matter what your age is, God could call us to Himself at anytime. Tomorrow is not promised to us. If we get it, it’s a gift from God for His use & glory.

Anyway, I have been reflecting on how I & my family spend our time. I think it was Leonard Ravenhill said that when you waste money, you can earn it back. But when you waste time, you can never get it back.

So my wife & I were taking last night. We desire to simplify our lives. Get rid of some time wasters and have more time with the King of Eternity.

 2009/6/26 9:39Profile

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