How short is life? Ask Peter Craigie.

Craigie was an Old Testament scholar and author of many books and commentaries.

In one, he wrote of life’s brevity.

Life is extremely short, and if its meaning is to be found, it must be found in the purpose of God, the giver of all life.

He believed that recognizing life is short is a starting point to “achieve the sanity of a pilgrim in a mad world. “

He was writing the first of a three-volume set of Psalms when he wrote those words in 1983. But two years later, a car wreck ended his life. He was only 47.

The Bible emphasizes that our life is a vapor, a mist that vanishes quickly. That is why Moses counsels:

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

Take stock of life. It slips through the fingers like sand in a fist. Recognize that you may never finish what you want, but if you complete what God wants you to do, it is a good life.

So live life fully, even if it is not long enough.

-Robert G. Taylor-