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Re: What is your life? It's a CD!

"Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such
a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; whereas
you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is
even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this
or that." (Jas4:13-15)

OK, Ok...  so what does a "CD" have to do with what James is exhorting
in this passage? An object lesson from real life here...

At the end of each year there are certain "tidyings up" that I do.
Computer folders cleaned up, sorted out and rearranged, and in addition
to the regular periodic backups, making sure that certain data has been
backed up.  The Express Calc is configured to keep the financial
records for the coming new year. ETC. I'm a kind-of "neatness freak".
Always planning ahead.

This past week, since I take 'off' from work between X-mass and New 
Years, and the computer now has a CD-burner, I decided it would be the 
time to archive 'all' my setup floppies containing any application I am
using, or ever might have use for.  Over time, even just sitting,
floppies -can- become corrupted.  Even a zip disk, which if you've ever
taken one apart, is only a 'floppy' inside, can (and do) go bad, too.
Data on a CD is much more 'durable'. So I spent bits of time each day, 
sorting through every floppy I've ever collected since 11-12 years ago.  
Once everything was assembled into an organization structure on the HD,
it was archived onto a CD. That's "A" CD. Only "-one-". That's
"everything" I have collected, both personally, as well as applications
I use for the sign business. Anything that didn't already come on a CD 
originally. That's several containers, boxes and drawers of floppies!!

So... that's what the totality of my life boils down to. "-ONE-" CD..!!

Considering what the Lord has called me to, my life basically consists
of being at the computer, which is where I do most of what I do: study,
writing, corresponding. If life's circumstances dictated, I could live
in one-room.. with a bed to sleep on, a hotplate to heat up water for 
Ramen noodles, my Bible, the computer... and 'my' -CD-..!!

What of the university degree? What of the professional music? What of 
all those 'exploits' I wished to do as a younger person? All that 
'stuff' merely preceeded and prepared for what has become the past 
'seven years' of doing VW. Moses lived 80 years before getting into the
'ministry' God was training him for...the last 40 years of his life.  
Moses was a special prophet. If we didn't know that the Lord's return 
is imminent, and PB died and were laid in a grave...who would remember 
him? Where would his 'exploits' be?

Many people strive after the wind. They busily work, work, work to pay,
pay, pay for all those toys, toys, toys. They set up comfortable
lifestyles for themselves. They have to have their houses "just so",
with just "the right" furnishings, and little knickknacks to augment
its 'presentation' to others. Trouble is, they always must be "dusted".
All that -time- spent on trifles. But when they are gone, what becomes
of all their "things"?  "..I must leave it to the man who will come
after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool?"
(Ec2:17-19)

An entire book of the Bible is dedicated to "Vanity of vanities, all is 
vanity..what profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils 
under the sun?" (Ec1:2-3)  The more a person increases in wisdom and 
knowledge, the more grief and sorrow he sees. (1:18)  The more "words 
there is" the more vanity there is. (5:7) And a "fool's voice is know 
by his many words" (5:3)  As we get older and wish backwards to the
"good ol' days" we "do not inquire wisely concerning this". (7:10)

What is life? It is like the grass that grows, prospers, and then dries
out and is mowed and/or burned. (Mt6:30) And yet God has made our lives
better. As purely 'people', what is our existence? "..it is good and
fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his
labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life WHICH
GOD GIVES HIM; for it is his heritage...this is the gift of God...God
keeps him busy with the joy of his heart." (5:18-20)  If you are
blessed with a spouse (Heb13:4), "live joyfully with [your spouse] whom
you love all the days of your vain life WHICH HE HAS GIVEN YOU.." and
furthermore, "whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.."
(9:9-10)

Since "God requires an account of what is past" (3:15b) "Let us hear
the conclusion of the whole matter:

"..Fear God and keep His commandments
   For this is the whole duty of man
   For God will bring every work into judgment,
   Including every secret thing,
   Whether it is good or whether it is evil" 
                             (Ec12:13-14)

There's a little poem I've heard all my life. 'Don't know its origin:

Only one life, 'twill soon be past...
Only what's done for Christ will last

Amen!