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Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. (James 4:14)

Within the last year, our home has been invaded by creatures for which I was wholly unprepared. No, they aren't termites or rates, but teenagers! Of course, I say this with al affection, but as adults I'm sure we will attested to the fact that the adolescent years are difficult. Physical changes coupled with the heartache and drama of relationships, tougher school work and trying out identities to find the one that fits can leave individuals and families wondering, "What just happened here?"

You may not be dealing with the fun and frustration of raising teenagers, but nearly every season of life comes with its share of both joy and sorrow. Having the right perspective, God's view of life, can keep us from feeling like we are stuck forever in the mired circumstances we may be facing today. It should also teach us to fully enjoy the beautiful moments of every day because they, too, often slip away quickly.

God created the very concept of "time," therefore He can not be constrained by it as we are. Using His view of our lives as a "vapor," we must constantly look to Him instead of our circumstances to find true contentment and joy.

Everlasting God, be with us this day as we face joys and heartaches. Our hurts are very real here on earth but they are temporary and will eventually be done away with. Help us keep our eyes always on You, the One Who holds each moment in Your loving hands. Amen.


GLYNIS BECKER

Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.