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“How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog~it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” James 4:14 NLT

It’s another dreary day. Our third one since Sunday. Yesterday the fog was so thick you could cut it with a knife. Today the wind howls. Tornado warnings go off. Rain pelts the windows.

My Granny would’ve called this a “change of weather” rain. I fold into myself.

I’m just trying on fall and Old Man winter is just around the corner.

I struggle on days like this. Even with a good book in hand and a comfy chair.

I think about a precious family as their loved one hangs on. This dreary weather fitting as they wait.

I think of the legacy that will be left. His love for Jesus. Six plus decades with one wife. Always a smile on his face. A song in his heart and on his lips. Full of praise and willing to share a word. The Word.

“They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.” Psalm 92:14 NIV

Fruitful to the end. He will “leave a trail of faith and love choices to the glory of God”, as Jean Fleming says in her book Pursue The Intentional Life.

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

Our days our numbered. Our life like the fog~here a little while then gone.

How do I make the most of these days? Could I ever leave a legacy such as his?

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8 NIV

Can I~will I bear fruit into my old age?

How do I make the most of the fog? The numbered days?

By sharing my story. Opening my heart to love the unlovely. Opening my hands and reaching out. Turning out instead of folding in. Spreading His Word.

Doing the hard things.

Putting feet to my words, getting my hands dirty, my heart involved. Sharing the Gospel.

Acts 2: 42-47 is rich with instruction on living out our days. Selling out for The Lord, worshiping with awe, sharing meals. Reaching the lost. When I read this passage of scripture…I. Want. What. They’ve. Got.

I want to live and share like that.

Jim Putman in his book Real~Life Discipleship says it like this, “God designed Christianity to spread across the earth like the common cold: through contact.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17: 7-8 NIV

Graced by God

Tammy Mashburn