“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV).
Life does not follow an invariable set pattern. Not all stories begin with “once upon a time.” Not all end with “and they lived happily ever after.” Moses served the Lord to the age of 120. John the Baptist and Jesus were both dead at the age of 33. Most of the Lord’s servants were married, but John, Jesus, Paul, and Jeremiah were all exceptions to that general rule.
Life is unpredictable. I had friends in college, Mike and Susan, who intended to be missionaries in Africa. They ended up being missionaries in Brazil. Chery and I set out to be missionaries in Brazil. We served in Africa instead, and ended up in Toledo. Someone has suggested, “If you want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans.”
It really is not that significant whether our life is long or short, whether we are rich or poor, whether our lives are settled and predictable or unsettled and strange. What is significant is the direction of our lives.
The life lived for self is a failure, even if it is long and we are rich. The life lived for the Lord is a good life, no matter what happens along the way. So, whether you are living a predictable storybook life, or a life of surprises and frustrations, just be sure that it is lived to the glory of God.