Reflecting on the Brevity of Life

I originally posted a portion of this on my Facebook page and shared it on Instagram. I’m grateful for the generous support of the people who have engaged with me in some manner because of the original post on social media.

This last week has had its challenges. Thankfully, God is faithful.

One of our outside neighbors died last week. We found him in his car outside our gates. We got to know Adrian during our Inclement Weather Service at the Dallas Convention Center during Snowmageddon 2021. I’m trying to do some drawings as a way to honor and celebrate him. #loveyourneighbor #tribute #lifeisavapor

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. [James 4:14 NASB1995]

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Life is short. Adrian was just 34. The cause of his death is currently unknown. Nor does it really matter. How we die isn’t nearly as important as how we live.

As my Mom pointed out a couple weeks ago after turning 85—“The window is getting smaller.”

I encourage you to spend your time wisely. Go and create something. Go do something fun. And most of all—-LOVE WELL.


Rainer Bantau

The Devotional Guy™


The Devotional Guy™ Rainer Bantau © 2023


I recently learned about Bobby Orozco and his music. He is a local musician, pianist, and composer. Like so many artists, he has a day gig. Bobby works for our local Richardson ISD.



  1. I am sorry about your neighbor. You are right about time. I have a few ideas for the future.

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  2. Thank you for reading and for your sympathetic condolences.


  3. This post reminds us that God will always be our most important relationship. Your mother’s words are a blessed reminder. My parents are 87 and 85.

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  4. Hallelujah! Thank you for stopping by my friend!

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