Twenty years ago (October 30th, 1996) my only sister, Bernadette, left this world behind and entered her eternal home with Christ. When someone you love that dearly is suddenly removed from your life, it changes you. Thankfully, 20 years later, my thoughts and memories of Berna are largely sweet; the bitter has mostly (not completely, but mostly) passed.
What has not passed, however, is an awareness of my own mortality. Ever since that day 20 years ago, I have lived with a sense of urgency – a knowledge that our days are put a vapor – we’re here today and gone tomorrow. Before you cast me aside as being somewhat morbid in my line of thinking, please consider these words from Moses:
“Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)
Bernadette’s life numbered 36 years, 146 days. Today, I sit at 51 years, 157 days. I don’t know what my final day-count will be. But I do aim to gain that heart of wisdom so that I might use all the remaining days wisely. Since only God’s Word and the souls of men survive eternally, I will look for find ways to invest my remaining time reaching and teaching people from the Word of God.
Stop for a moment today and give some thought to the brevity of your life. How will you live out the rest of your days? Are you investing them the way you want to? What changes might you need to make as you move forward? –Dave
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