Am I the only one that thinks 2007 is flying by? Time flies! It picks up speed every day (Except when you’re bored for whatever reason… then it crawls by!). Note: Time designations are 1 day equals 1 year.
A “week” ago we were worried about Y2K. Twelve “days” before that I pastored my first church (1988). Two “days” before that my first child Amy was born (1986). Two “days” before that I got married (1984). Six “days” before that I graduated High School (1978). Two “days” before that I got my driver’s license (1976). Two “weeks” and 2 “days” before that I was born (1960).
I can remember when I was a senior in high school (1978) thinking that in the year 2000 (22 actual years from then) I’d be 40 years old. As an 18 year old I considered 40 as ancient… decrepid… a dinosaur. But now I realize I turned 40 just one “week” ago… and 40 is YOUNG!
All total, I have lived only 1 “month” and 17 “days!” My life seems to be flying by as depicted in this picture to the right! The finish line of life is getting here faster than I anticipated…
So what’s the point? Time flies. We are born… live… then die in the span of just a couple of “months.” Even if we live to be 100, that is nothing more than a whisp of smoke in the timeline of history and eternity.
Now translate that forward. If I live a “normal” life which according to Scripture which is 70 or 80 years (Psalm 90:10), I don’t have much time left. That would be 23 to 33 “days!” In other words… I only have a “month” or so left on earth (Give or take)!
Gulp… swallow hard… Hmmm.
James 1:10, “Like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes.”
1 Peter 1:24, “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
Psalm 139:16, “In your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.” (That means the day of our death is already recorded in God’s book!)
Psalm 90:12, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
Read that last verse again. Whether you are 9, 19, 29, 59, or 99… that should be our prayer. None of us knows if we’ll live a few “days,” “weeks,” or “months.” So we must make the most of every minute of every “day.” With that in mind, meditate upon this passage from Ephesians 5:15-17…
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.