Every morning the El Alfarero staff members have a devotional. This particular morning I led the devotional and shared about how my father had recently suffered a heart attack (he currently is recovering quickly at home). I focused on three verses that the Lord laid on my heart the morning I learned the news from my mom: 1) James 4:14: “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” 2) 1 Peter 1:24-25: “for ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.'” 3) Psalm 90:12: “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
I first reflected on the fragility of life–how our lives are transitory like the mist and the grass–and how we need to redirect our hope from worldly protections to the eternal protections and character of Christ. In that way, we gain a heart of wisdom. My second and final point was that hundreds of university students pass through El Alfarero every week and many of them do not know Christ. Their days are limited, and so we should feel an urgency to befriend them and share the gospel.