Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’- yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ -James 4:13-15
Over the past 17 years as I have been shooting abandoned places, houses, things. I have encountered not just the dilapidation of man made objects, but also the decay of those animals that have found their final resting places within or around these once vibrant homes.
In a recent conversation with my dad, we laughed about the saying – there are two guarantees in life, death and taxes. Yet there is also the amazing gift of life, that is why you are reading this now, because you are alive. It does trouble me that this life is fleeting, that time goes quickly (whatever time is), that there is nothing we can do about it but wait. But I know what matters is how we wait, how we spend our time, how we live this short life and who we are living it for. We only have one, and then it’s over before we know it. So this begs the question for us all, while we are still breathing, what are we doing with our time?
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