“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.” Psalm 39:4
I think most people if you asked them “Do you want to know when you would die?” would answer yes. The reason being so they could prepare better. I think it is funny that humans would need an exact time and place to spur them to make a change. Let’s face it… whether I live to be 100 or I die tomorrow no amount of warning could be any greater example than the one Jesus has given. He was very young to die by our standards. In three short years of practicing His trade, He changed the world. We can be sure, He knew when the end of His life would occur… DID that affect the way He lived and the decisions He made?
When I counsel business owners, I tell them to start with the end in mind. The day you start a business, you should have an exit strategy planned. Will you sell the company? Will you close it? Will you give it to a son or daughter? Every decision from then on is much easier in light of the end strategy. Each life can be viewed in much the same way. Valuation of assets is a simple process. Numbers in the black versus numbers in the red total out to a positive or negative. Pretty easy math. How about my life in that equation? Will my balance sheet be attractive enough? Jesus said that I do not have to earn heaven and thank God for that! But He did say was there would be a judgement.
I know my life is fleeting!!! I feel challenged each and every day to create a legacy of discipleship, of kindness and of truth. I do know the end is coming and each day it draws closer. I would be foolish to live my life any other way. So I challenge myself each day to contribute to another in some way. A small kindness, a helping hand, a listening ear, a note of gratitude each build the assets in my spiritual bank. The rich man passed by Lazarus begging at his doorstep every day. I cannot afford to miss opportunities to serve the least of my brothers and sisters. I read about a method to remind myself of the fleeting days. The average lifespan is now 80 years. I am now 64. That means 16 years or 832 weeks. The suggestion is to buy 832 marbles or pennies and each Saturday, transfer one from one jar to another. It is a visible way to remind myself that life is fleeting! What did I do to make it more worthwhile?
Lord, You accomplished so much in 3 years. Help me never to underestimate the difference I can make if I dedicate myself to doing Your will.