Guest Author

PastorĀ Neal Dearyan
Senior Pastor – Chili Crossroads Bible Church, Fresno, Ohio

Today’s Scripture: 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. JamesĀ 4:14

We had fun tent camping for two weeks. We got fast at setting up camp. Our daughter, Amanda, usually helped me pitch the tent. In West Virginia the soft ground received tent pegs stakes without even pounding them. In Tennessee it was easy to push the tent pegs in the sandy ground near the Smoky Mountains.

Kentucky was different.

All the campsites at Cumberland Falls have gravel tent sites. The sites are nice and level, but have you ever put tent pegs into gravel?

We didn’t bend any tent pegs in West Virginia or Tennessee, but we bent a third of our pegs in Kentucky.

When we broke camp in every state, all the pegs came out, bent or not. And the tent went into the trunk.

Did you know that your body is about as permanent at a tent?

You aren’t the tent you’re sleeping in. You are you. You live in a body, but you aren’t your body.

It may have been easy or hard to put down the tent pegs in the campsite of your life, but someday, they’re all coming out. Someday you’ll leave this tent, and so will all the other campers in the campground we call Earth.

This life isn’t permanent. What’s permanent is God’s Word (1 Peter 1:23) and those who do God’s will (1 John 2:17).

Is the purpose of your life to serve Him in the short opportunity you have in this tent? Don’t worry if some of your pegs are bent. Don’t fret that you’re not perfect. Let Him use you just how you are until He says it’s time to break camp. He’ll call you home and you won’t need this tent or the bent pegs anymore.