Life A Precious Gift Essay

Life, A Precious Gift

by Wayne Jackson

James’ epistle has been called the “gospel of practicality.” It is so down-to-earth in relating the teaching of Jesus Christ to the affairs of daily life.

In the fourth chapter of his letter, James (almost certainly the half-brother of Christ) addresses overconfidence in those who are spiritually short-sighted and so this-world oriented.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain”: whereas you know not what shall be tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall both live, and do this or that” (Jas. 4:13-15).

Life is a precious gift. Let us pause a moment and consider the value of the blessing of life.

The Brevity Of Life

In the immediate context, the thrust of James’ question is to emphasize the brevity of human life to those whose thoughts were riveted in time rather than in eternity. Relatively speaking, our existence upon this planet is a fleeting thing. How seriously, then, ought it to be viewed. How desperately its moments should be treasured.

The Scriptures are filled with reminders of how rapidly earth’s sojourn passes.

Job, in his suffering, appears to have dwelt on this thought more than most men do. His day seemed to pass quicker than a “weaver’s shuttle” (Job 7:6), or a single breath (Job 7:7). His days appeared to rush by like a courier with an urgent message (Job 9:25), as a “swift ship,” or like an “eagle who hastens to the prey” (Job 9:26). He saw man’s days as “few.” He was rather like a flower that blossoms and then quickly dies, or as a rapidly passing shadow (Job 14:1-2).

Moses, who lived to be 120 yet was still vigorous (Deut. 34:7), lamented that man’s days “are soon gone and we fly away” (Psa. 90:10). Who among us who has reached the maturity of his life does not reflect upon the times of his youth as if they were but moments ago? Playing around the back steps, walking down a dusty road to the fishing hole, the smell of mother’s baking bread—where has the time gone?

Perhaps, though, the most haunting of all thoughts is the reality that we’ve let life slip away quickly, having neglected so many grand opportunities for advancing ourselves spiritually and for helping others. Oh, if we could but rescue some of those times.

As we arise each fresh morning, we could scarcely better start our day than to contemplate the brevity of time, and the value of the day before us. Apart from the contextual point in James’ admonition, there are other thoughts upon which one may reflect as he considers the question: “What is my life?”

God’s Gift

When Paul was invited to speak before the philosophers of Athens, his limited opportunity forced him to focus on matters of extreme importance. One of these was his emphasis on the origin of life. He confidently affirmed that it is the true God who “gives to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts 17:25). Later, in a letter to his young friend, he will remind Timothy that the Creator is the one who “gives life to all things” (1 Tim. 6:13).

How shocking it is that arrogant man, the persistent rebel, should assign the astounding phenomenon of “life” to a mere quirk of nature. To the disciples of Darwin, the commencement of life was but a “spontaneous” freak happening in some slime pit of antiquity.

Isaiah delivered a blistering rebuke to the haughty ones of his day who chided, “He [God] made me not” (Isa. 29:16). One of England’s top scientists, Sir Fred Hoyle, once compared the accidental development of higher forms of life to the probability of a tornado roaring through a junkyard and assembling a 747 jet plane.

There are a couple of prime implications involved in the realization that life is a gift from God.

First, human life is a sacred essence, bequeathed to those who are made in the very image of the Creator himself (Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6). No person has the right to arbitrarily take the life of another person. Only the Lord himself can authorize such an action (cf. Josh. 6:21). Let those who labor under the illusion that a woman has the liberty to destroy her pre-born child contemplate that issue with the greatest of gravity.

Second, when one reflects upon the fact that his life is a gift from heaven, he cannot but ponder the purpose of his existence. Isaiah declared that man was fashioned to glorify his Maker (Isa. 43:7). Why, then, do millions live as if Jehovah has no claim on them?

Solomon seems to have explored the meaning of his existence in the waning days of his life—as set forth in the book of Ecclesiastes. In retrospect he surveyed the folly of his youth, as he aimlessly sought for some “key” to happiness. Every “under the sun” (i.e., earthly) solution that he sought proved to be a dead end. Ultimately, he concluded that the purpose of life is to reverence God, and submit to his commands (Eccl. 12:13). In no other way can Adam’s children find contentment.

Treasure your gift of life. Use it to extol your Creator. In such a pursuit you will discover that which is blessed—both in time and in eternity.

A One-Time Experience

There is another aspect of “life” that is worthy of contemplation—especially in this age of bizarre religious theories.

It is the reality that one lives his earthly life only once, and he would be wise to make it count. As an unnamed woman from ancient Tekoa once said: “For we must needs die, and are as water spilt upon the ground, which cannot be gathered up again” (2 Sam. 14:14).

While in biblical times there were very special episodes of resurrections (to confirm divine revelation — Mt. 10:8; cf. Mk. 16:17-20), clearly they were not the norm. The rule was (and now always is) that, “it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27). Death is the universal experience that is the consequence of human rebellion (Rom. 5:12).

Why is it that so many people in America have absorbed the mystical, Eastern notion that human beings are “recycled” through the process of reincarnation? One constantly hears this idea advanced by celebrities in the news media, including some who are nominally associated with the church.

Intrinsic to Hindu thought is the idea that the soul, at death, can migrate from one body to another (in various species of biological life), and that the new residence is dependent upon the quality of life in the previous body. This chain of rebirth supposedly goes on endlessly, until broken by a “release,” i.e., some method of “salvation,” which results in the cessation of all human passions and the entrance into a vague sort of bliss. The philosophy reflects an ancient pagan way of attempting to deal with the problem of suffering. The dogma of reincarnation is both unscriptural and illogical. (For an excellent analysis of the dogma of reincarnation, and a refutation of the same, see Geisler 1999, pp. 639ff.)

So Uncertain

Another sobering aspect of life is its dramatic uncertainty. The aged Isaac once expressed a sentiment that is applicable to most of us: “I know not the day of my death” (Gen. 27:2). The Lord warned the Jewish nation that should they rebel against him he would scatter them afar, and, he promised, “Your life shall hang in doubt before you” (Deut. 28:66). Is that uncertainty not true for each of us?

Over the past five decades as a preacher of the gospel I have conducted numerous funerals involving “untimely” deaths. A young mother is murdered by her sister’s estranged boyfriend, a young man is blown into eternity when he tries to rig a dynamite-trap for a bear, a seventeen-year-old drowns, and vehicle deaths have been common. Edmund Cooke well wrote:

Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
And whether he’s slow or spry,
It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,
But only how did you die.

A Time For Preparation

The Bible emphatically stresses the idea that life on earth is a time of preparation for one’s eternal destiny. When the wicked northern kingdom of Israel persistently ignored the divine chastisements designed to soften their hearts, the prophet Amos warned of a terrible judgment to come (Assyrian captivity). His language was: “Prepare to meet your God, O Israel” (Isa. 4:12). Only by genuine repentance and conformity to the will of Jehovah could they avoid this disastrous encounter (cf. Isa. 5:4, 6, 14-15).

Peter once asked Jesus if he would describe the character of one who is considered to be a “faithful and wise” steward. The Lord provided an illustration to drive home the point. In concluding the matter, the Savior suggested that servants to be so honored would be those who had “made … ready” (cf. Lk. 12:47). This is what life is about.

In the final state of earth’s affairs, the glorified church is depicted as the Lord’s wife. Here is the key expression: she “has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:7).

In one of the Savior’s parables, just days before his death, he spoke of virgins who were a part of a wedding festival. Some of these were wise. Others were foolish. The distinction between the two groups lay in the fact that the wise were simply those who had prepared. The foolish had not (Mt. 25:1-13).

Satan, the archenemy of Jehovah and man, has rendered no greater disservice than to infect the minds of gullible men with the notion that preparation for eternity can be made in a postmortem fashion. Note the following:

As indicated earlier, Hinduism teaches that man is progressively reincarnated until he ultimately enters the bliss of Nirvana. Roman Catholic dogma embraces the notion of Purgatory, a fabricated “intermediate” state where one may expiate his sins until “purged,” and thus is fit for heaven.

Mormonism offers the doctrine of proxy baptism. This is the notion that the living may be immersed on behalf of the dead, thus providing salvation for those who did not submit to the will of God during their sojourn on earth. “Pastor” Charles T. Russell, who founded the “Jehovah’s Witness” cult, alleged that God has a plan of salvation for those who do not have opportunity for gospel obedience in this present life, so that those who die lost may yet be saved.

Each of these theories, though perhaps originating in sincere hearts, is misguided. They represent a desperate attempt to deal with the terrible reality that many are dying lost, not having recognized, or having been sensitive to, their need for submitting to the plan of Almighty God. These ideas ignore the fact that a largely corrupt human family desires to forge its own system of religious dogma, and function as its own “god.”

Your life on earth is a precious time. Do not ignore its value; do not squander it in trivial pursuits; do not let it slip away and leave you unprepared. This very day you may wish to contemplate the question: What is your life?

  • Geisler, Norman. 1999. Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.
Scripture References

James 4:13-15; Job 7:6; Job 7:7; Job 9:25; Job 9:26; Job 14:1-2; Deuteronomy 34:7; Psalm 90:10; Acts 17:25; 1 Timothy 6:13; Isaiah 29:16; Genesis 1:26-27, 9:6; Joshua 6:21; Isaiah 43:7; Ecclesiastes 12:13; 2 Samuel 14:14; Matthew 10:8; Mark 16:17-20; Hebrews 9:27; Romans 5:12; Genesis 27:2; Deuteronomy 28:66; Isaiah 4:6; Isaiah 5:4, 6, 14-15; Luke 12:47; Revelation 19:7; Matthew 25:1-13

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Jackson, Wayne. "Life, A Precious Gift." Access date: March 11, 2018.

The importance of parents in life is depending on our sanskaras and thinking. Parents play the biggest role in our development. Father & Mother play important role in our mental, physical, social, financial and career development. They help us in every step of our life. Parents are the most precious gift of God for humans. When we are happy then they are happy. They slapped on us when we did wrong. In a time of mistakes, they are like a teacher. They trained us very hard style for the future challenges.

When we are happy then they are happy. They slapped on us when we did wrong. In a time of mistakes, they are like a teacher. They trained us very hard style for the future challenges.

Parents are living for us. They are real God and our first teacher. They know everything about us. What we like, love and our common habits. They know what things disturb us and what kind of mental attitude we have. That’s why I think why is parents involvement important in child’s education.

Because when we give our children the freedom to choose any offline or online education platform and stream, it will make them happy. Parenting a child is not easy. There are great positive effects of parental involvement in education. And I think understanding kids freedom, interest, happiness and passion will impact on their study and career.  But let’s discuss today only about the importance of parents in life.

Let’s undersatnd in following points, Why parents are important? Why you should respect them and their decsions in life.

1. Importance of parents when we’re child

In the development of the child, they play many roles: A child needs to be mentally and physically strong. Parents provide everything that is helpful in our development. And sometimes they don’t have the money for the things that we want. Yes, but they arrange and they do everything to see the smile on our face.

They give us milk, fruits, and proper food from time to time for our physical growth. They provide us toys and things that we can play with. They allow us to play outside the home with our friends and neighbours. They carry us to all the places they go.  They teach and explain practically and theoretically about the rituals and Sanskaar.   Seeing them we start following their path. If they’re respected in the society then we become so. By following the parent’s activities and lessons our neighbours and relatives started to seem to appreciate. And the Sanskaar and rituals which parents had taught us are helping today in our life.

2. Parents help to make us educated

Parents do almost all the things to make us educated and well respected in the society. They admitted us in schools and college for the better education. They do all the sacrifices and reduce the own living cost for the future of their children. They provide each and everything to us, whenever and whatever we need and wherever we need. Parents work hard day and night for their children education. And they feel proud of us when we got good marks in results. Their guidance and support help us to live the life we always wanted.

3. Importance of parents’ guide in adolescence

Our teenage activities play a big role in the direction of our life and career. This is the most tensioned situation for our parents and it is most enjoyable for us. No matter you’re doing right or wrong. But they’re always connected to you at this stage.

We do lots of mistakes in this age, we try to convince parents every time for our activities with the outer world. Such as outing with friends, living with a friend, studying a particular subject or doing any other activity that parents think is not good. In this, our parents are only tensioned about the bad company. They want to know in this age from you that what you’re doing, where you’re going, what you’re eating/drinking, who is with you etc. And the tension is for you. I think most of us know about the bad companies in our society. Bad company of people and friends drive our life in the wrong direction. So, in this age, it is really important to us that we communicate about our feelings to parents. And parents also need to talk to their kids in teenage.

We need friends to share our feelings and our parents know about this. They know by thinking about their teenage time. What right or wrong they did and what were their results. They help in our teenage by guiding us from their own experiences and thinking about our day to day activities. Parent’s guidance in teenage is most important than other people advises. We know that it was and it is very tough to follow the advice especially when it is from parents. But without their advice and without their happiness we can’t achieve what we want. Their blessings and guidance in our teenage helped us to choose good friends, the right career, and happiest living.

4. Importance of parents when we’re in tough situations

When something bad happened or we did wrong they scold us but they support us in our difficult time in life. Whatever the situation or whatever is the problem that we are facing in life, career, and the job they try and motivate and inspire us by their own examples to make a tough into good. They try to make balance in our emotional persistent that helps to improve tough situation faster.

They are the real leader in our life and they never show off this to us and never dominate our feelings. It’s ok, that sometimes we feel dissatisfied and sore from them. We started behaving differently opposite to how we do, and the sooner they judge that something wrong is happening with us. That’s why when the outer world or people leave us alone, our parents are only who support us in each and every step in our life with smiles and happiness.

5. Importance of parents in decisions

Parents help us when we’re confused in life. What to do or what not to do? They help us in taking the important decision of life like marriage, job, business or leaving alone. They consult our interests with others; they talk to other about our feelings to get some idea or to feel secure that our decision is correct that we want to take. We know that sometimes they don’t like our decision and behave very rudely with us, but in the end, they choose our happiness other than their interests. They want a happy life for us and for that they compromised thousands of things.

6. Parents are always happy for us

We know that they are happy because we’re happy. They are happy even you give them your second-hand phone. But they give you 3G or 4G to use. No one can do this in the world; only our parents can do such amazing things. They don’t mind if you’re living in the city for business or job. They just want that you’re living happily.

I know friends, we can’t explain our parent’s feelings, compromises, appreciation, qualities and importance on one page. Even thousands of pages are small to write about the importance of parents in our life.

But friends, I suggest you that you should take care of your parents. Always talk to them, never ignore them for others. Feel proud of parents. Respect their views, follow their guidelines, and communicate with them about your problems. Talk to them. Don’t change for show off. This world not going to give you anything, everything remains on this planet but parents are not with us for all the time. We all have to go one day.

So, it is important that we love, we respect their feelings. Follow and remember their guides and compromises they are doing or did for us. Just follow the right things in life, do the important things that really matter for us. Everything else is fake, but parents are most important people in our life. Respect your parents. Believe on parents and share the importance of parents in life with others. What you think, do you want to share, what is the importance of parents in life?

Roye to Hansaaya ,
Bhaage to Bulaaya ,
Jab roothe to Manaaya ,
Neend Lagee to Sulaaya ,
bhook lagee to Khilaaya ,
Jag ne hamako Bisaraaya ,
Maa  Baap ne Gale se Lagaaya !

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