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Psalm 90:12 – Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV)
When we are young, we can't seem to wait to grow up and be adults. On looking back, though, we see that life goes by so fast. As youths, we were not wise enough to recognize just how short life is and how it is that God can call us home at any time.
Some years ago, there was an advertisement for a certain coffee company, which showed people in the east rushing — by walking, jogging, biking, travelling by train and aeroplane, and just generally rushing — across the country, just to get that certain coffee they claimed to be "the best in the west". I could not help but compare it to our lives and how we should be rushing toward a "life with Christ" in the same way.
We sometimes live as though our lives will go on forever, but in reality, our days are numbered, and only God knows when our lives will end. A poem by an unknown author has touched me deeply, especially at funerals. The poem asks, "How did you live your dash?" — referring to the dash between one's birth and death seen on nearly all tombstones. The poem asks how we lived that time when we were touching the lives around us.
We must all use our time wisely and not waste it, but show Christ's love each day, so that others will want what we have, and rush toward Him — and not just to get the coffee.
It is not the material things that are important, but what we have done for Christ by showing love and respect to all.
Psalm 103:15-16 – As for us, our life is like grass. We grow and flourish like a wild flower; then the wind blows on it, and it is gone — no one sees it again. (GNB)
Prayer: Father, help us to live in Your love from day to day, so that others will seek You and only You. May all material things fade into the background, that we may be faithful to You alone. Amen.