Yesterday's Milestone

J. D. Conley
May 4, 2014

For the past nineteen and a half years I have often thought about the milestone in my life that I past yesterday. I sometimes wondered if I would ever see it. I also wondered how I would feel if I did. Now that it is past, I want to share some thoughts with you about it, and about the rapidity of life.

May 3, 2014, marked the day that my earthly life exceeded the earthly life of my dear mother. To realize I have now outlived her in this mortal coil is a bit frightening and thought stirring. Nineteen and a half years ago, she left to be with the Lord, aged fifty-four years and ten months. Yesterday, I passed that span of time by twenty-four hours. What has this stark realization wrought in me? Namely, the following:

I've Been Tremendously Blessed! If life were doled out based on innate goodness and kindness, Mama would have outlived Methuselah. In comparison, I on the other hand, would have been boxed and buried years ago. Nonetheless, God has seen fit to allow me to live and see this milestone and pass it. How indebted I am to Him!

My Life Is Quickly Unfolding! Oh how true are the words of James, "For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (Jas.4:14). I always understood that my mother died young, but now that I am the age she was then, fifty-four seems veryyoung indeed!

I Must Redeem The Time! If anyone ever taught me how to do this it was my mother. She was constantly doing good for other people; baking pies, fixing meals, having people into her home, visiting, teaching Bible class. Even while on kidney dialysis she taught people the Bible at the dialysis clinic. I rarely saw her take a day off or even lie on the couch. She worked tirelessly in the kingdom thereby underscoring that I must do the same.

I Have No Lease On Life! Just because I have outlived my mother by two days, does not mean I will by three days. "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow" (Jas.4:14).

Yesterday was a personal milestone. But when we consider the headings in this article the things that hold true for me, hold true for you too. May each one of us contemplate seriously if we are living the Christian life. We don't know how many, if any, milestones lie ahead.