1 Peter 1:24 New International Version
24 For, “All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
Psalm 144:3-4 New International Version
3 Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,
mere mortals that you think of them?
4 They are like a breath;
their days are like a fleeting shadow.
As believers we know that all things come from God. He is the creator and master of all. We see Him, feel Him and know that He is in all things.
Because of our relationship with God and what we know, we should never become lax in thanking Him for each and every day.
However, often times people are prone to become complacent and take life for granted.
Upon awakening, we should make it a habit to immediately thank God for the day. Not just doing so out of habit, but doing so because we truly thank God from our heart.
It is not a bad idea to also end each day in thanks for the day enjoyed.
When we stop to think about the years that have passed, we realize how quickly time flies. We further realize how short our lives are, in relation to time.
As we begin each day, let us take a second of our time to thank God for the gift he has provided us. As we end each day, let us take another second to thank God for the day we just enjoyed.
As a believer, we should not take life for granted and become like the rich famer that Jesus taught about in a parable. He was counting on many years of taking life easy.
Luke 12:16-20 New International Version
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
Rather, we should listen to what James teaches us and learn to say "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do things."
James 4:13-15 New International Version
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
It is wise to always remember that the only breath we are guaranteed, is the last one we took.
Let us praise God and thank Him each day for His gift to us.