My goodness, I was sitting down to write this column and it just hit me that it’s already May.

My goodness, I was sitting down to write this column and it just hit me that it’s already May. It really is true that as you get older the time seems to fly by. As a child the days sometimes seemed to drag on and on (especially if you were looking forward to a special event) but now the days are here and gone in a blink.  

I’m reminded of James 4:14 that says “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Yes, in the grand scheme of things we are but a vapor but what is most important is not how long we live but in how we live in the time that we do have.

We all get so wrapped up in our daily lives that we lose sight of the impact that we have on those whose paths we cross. In our church bulletin a few weeks back one of our former members put a note in letting us know what he was doing. And, he thanked several members for the influence that they had on his life as a troubled teen.
I was one of many that he thanked and it just floored me because I didn’t realize that I had really done anything special. But, to him, each of us had touched his life in a unique way. If that doesn’t make you think then I don’t know what will. I have a saying that I had posted on the refrigerator for quite some time and it said “You might not be able to change the world but you can change your part of the world.”

Ponder that for a minute. We can’t change the world but we can sure change ourselves and how we behave. Sometimes people just don’t feel important and they think that their jobs are meaningless. But God tells us that everything that we do for Him has meaning and can be used to help other people. That is the real measure of success when you look at that vapor that we call life — how much you have served others.  

When you look around our area you see so many people who serve their church, their community and their country in every way imaginable — never wanting recognition or compensation. These people understand that the real reward is in knowing that they are doing the right thing. And, regardless of whether or not you have time to volunteer, the workplace or just where you shop gives each of us the opportunity to have an impact on other people. Opening a door for someone, letting them go in front of you in line when you have a lot of items to purchase, even just a smile and friendly greeting can change someone’s day.

When I sat down to write I sure didn’t have any intention of the column going this direction. Actually I had planned to talk about the end of the legislative session and how busy our representatives and senators were going to be the next couple of weeks. But, for some reason I just felt that I needed to make sure that everyone realizes just how important they are to this world and what an impact they have on those around them.
Junior Seau, a retired NFL player, apparently just committed suicide at the age of 43. He is being mourned by not only his family but also by his many fans. How sad that his life ended in such a fashion. I don’t for a moment mean to judge him for his action but I just wish that he and others in a similar situation had realized how important they are to the world.

My column is called Standing in the Gap because in the book of Ezekiel it talks about God looking for a man to stand in the gap on behalf of the land. Too often we look for someone else to stand in that gap, not realizing that we each have the same opportunity to do so right where we live. Whether you realize it or not, you make that decision every day in some way and you can either stand in the gap or step out of the way. The choice is yours but understand that you impact your world with whichever choice you make.

Kevin Wilson writes a weekly column for the Daily News.