Dust to Dust
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
I entered physically into this world in the springtime of 1976. I was born at Phoenix Memorial Hospital to Rosendo and Irene Mendez. I have no recollection of the event, but I have my birth certificate and a black and white photo of my face. I am not sure what I was thinking at the time, but I imagine I thought the flash bulb was too bright. Looking at that picture, it is hard to imagine how much has changed since that time in my life. The dreams, the goals, the disappointments, the successes, the failures. The people I would meet and those who would impact me for the rest of my life. I am grateful to God for every day He has given me on this earth, and I know He has put me on this planet for a reason and a purpose.
I had big dreams as a kid growing up, but I did not do much in the classroom to see those dreams come to fruition. I doodled and daydreamed as arithmetic, grammar, and social studies were taught. I thought of myself floating away in a glass elevator as my teacher read Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy, a Phoenix Sun or a pastor. The time to be a Dallas Cowboy or a Phoenix Sun has long since passed and I had more chance of being struck by lightning then I did of becoming either one of those. God had and has other plans for my life.
When my time is come, I will turn to dust. It seems my goals and dreams continue to grow as I get older, even though the time to accomplish them grows shorter. My dreams and goals must be aligned with the will of God or they will turn to dust just as I will. My accomplishments in life will turn to dust if they are focused on what I want and not what God wants for me. I was given life not to pursue the things that please me, but I was created for the glory of God.
I think of the verse in Matthew 6 that states, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:” The things that are not of God will turn to dust and seem so inconsequential when this life expires. This verse brings perspective to me as I think of the day man was created and the purpose and design of this creation. I think of the day I was born and the purpose and place God had for my life. I think of my many foolish pursuits over the course of my life that will one day turn to dust, and the earthly trophies and medals that will mean very little in the light of eternity. I will regret the crowns I missed out on due to my vain pursuits, crowns I could have cast at my Savior’s feet if I had redeemed my time as He commanded me to.
Where are you today friend? What are you pursuing that will impact eternity? Whose will are you following, your own or God's? Do you seek the accolades of men or you wholeheartedly pursing God? We were not created to fulfill our own agenda, desire and lusts. We were given the breath of life for His honor and His glory. Do you complain about the life God has given you instead of looking to see what God wants to do in and through you? God makes no mistakes and allows things for a purpose and according to His will. May we be thankful for the breath of life that God has given us, and may we not pursue that which will turn to dust.
Stay in the fight!