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Reading: James chapter 4 verses 13-17.


• IN a 24 hour period, if you’re an adult of average weight,

• Here is what you accomplish:

• Your heart beats 103,689 times

• Your blood travels 168,000,000 miles

• You breathe 23,040 times

• You inhale 438 cubic feet of air.

• You eat 3.25 pounds of food

• You drink 2.9 quarts of liquids

• You lose 7/8 pound of waste.

• You speak 4,800 words, including some unnecessary ones

• You move 750 muscles

• Your nails grow .000046 inch

• Your hair grows .01714 inch

• You exercise 7,000,000 (million) brain cells.

• No wonder you feel tired!


Some nuggets of wisdom that someone thought up regarding the ‘day’:

• “A day is a span of time no one is wealthy enough to waste.”

• “The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.”

• “The day will happen whether or not you get up.”

• “It’s the little things in life that really count. “

• “He who provides for this life, but takes not care for eternity;

• Is wise for a moment but a fool for eternity.”

• “Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change.

• But pretty soon, everything's different.”

In this short paragraph James gives us some advice regarding living each day:

(1). The Folly of Counting on The Future (Vs. 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.”"


• Like the old, old joke of the doctor;

• Who called one of his patients into his office to deliver some very important news.

• "I have received the results of your tests;

• And I have some bad news and some good news", said the doctor.

• "Let me have the good news first, doc", said the patient.

• The doctor took a deep breath and said, "You only have 24 hours to live."

• "What!", shouted the patient,

• "If that’s the good news what could the bad news possibly be?"

• The doctor replied, "I was supposed to tell you yesterday."

This phrase James uses in verse 13, “Now listen”;

• Only occurs here in the whole of the Bible.

• So in all 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,102 verses – this is it’s one & only inclusion!

• It’s a very pointed phrase that indicates the seriousness of what follows.

• James is saying, “Come now, pay attention!”

• “Stop strutting around like you have all the time in the world!”

• “I’ve got news for you, actually you don’t! No-one knows how much time they will have!”

Note: In the context for these verses;

• James is primarily talking to wealthy merchants.

• These merchants who travelled all over the ancient world,

• Buying and selling in the major trade centres of that day.

• Because of the extensive shipping involved,

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