Numbering Our Days

Life is Brief

“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

Time and Eternity

The inevitable is just that. Despite the efforts we may take to avoid thinking about it, the future is inevitable. To avoid thinking about the future and consequences of our actions some say, “Live for today!” “YOLO” or “You only live once!” These catchwords are seen on T-shirts and social media posts. While some people may see these words as lighthearted fun, others use them to avoid thinking about tomorrow. It is as though they are trying to make time stand still.

As a child, I had little grasp of time. Time was relative to the moment I was experiencing. For instance, the long drive to see my grandparents seemed to take forever. Countless times along the way I would ask the question all parents of young children hear, “How much longer until we get there?” Then as I grew older, I became more aware of time as I counted down the number of days until summer break or until my birthday. Those days seemed to come so slowly while other events came too quickly. For one, the due dates for school assignments that seemed far in the future were upon me before I knew it.

Time has limitations

Somewhere along the way I realized that time has limitations. As a child playing baseball in the street in front of my home, I knew the length of the game would be limited by the time of the setting sun. Growing to adulthood impressed upon me that human time is finite. As I grew older my parents did too. Although I knew it was inevitable, I tried to dismiss thoughts about the awful days when they would leave me.

While being a husband, rearing my children, and working long hours as a pastor, I still managed to take every opportunity to be with my parents. Though I know I did my best, I still regret not spending more time with them. I still long to talk with them again and know sometime in the future I will.

Everything has a “last chance”

Like the signs on desert highways that warn us, “Last Chance for Gas!” everything has a “last chance.” Unfortunately, there may not always be signs to warn us.

What if God would give us a sign, or even a text message that read, “Today is your last chance to play catch with your father!” Or, “Now is the last chance you will have to tell your mother you love her!”

Of course, this is not going to happen. If we are fortunate, we may receive a warning of an impending death, but this is not normal. Normally, time passes as days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and months turn into years. Suddenly, and unexpectedly, a last chance comes and, in a moment, is gone.

How many more opportunities

I have been honored to invest nearly 40 years into teaching God’s word and sharing the Good News of Jesus with people. Where has the time gone? I know if God allows me to live until such time, a day is coming when I will have to cut back. This makes me wonder, “How many more opportunities will I have to open the Bible and teach it or tell a friend how Christ changed my life?”

As I “number” my days, there are a lot of things I hope to do before my Father calls me home. I have the aspirations common to all men, but there is a special one that goes back to the day He called me to follow Him. I want to bring a smile to His face and hear Him say, “Well done!”

To hear those words, I must finish the work He sent me to do. In part, that work is to help other Christ-followers form a healthy, maturing, and multiplying body of believers at Pebble Creek Baptist Church.

I have shared the good news of Jesus with many people. For some of them, the day they heard it was the last time they would ever hear it.

Have you surrendered your life to follow Christ and trusted Him to save you?

If not, your “last chance” is coming. Could this be it? No one knows “what a day may bring.” (Prov. 27:1) Our lives are “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (Jas. 4:14)

“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2Cor. 6:2)

If we can help you come to know and follow Christ, please let us know. Simply contact us.

Grace,

Mark Bordeaux
About Mark Bordeaux 7 Articles
Mark's journey began in Jacksonville, Florida when, as a student at Trinity Christian Academy, he heard the Good News that God truly loves people, but we are separated from Him because of our sin. Each of us have not only inherited a propensity to disobey, but have chosen to go our own way, rather than God's way and experience a personal relationship with Him. In his own words... "Although I had been a church member since my childhood, I realized that I knew "about" God, but did not "know" God in a real and personal way. The realization that God loved us and paid the ultimate price for our sin by sending His Son to be our sacrifice on the cross and rise from the dead to rescue us became clear. I also realized that if I did not surrender to God and by faith accept His Son's sacrifice for my sin, I would continue to be alienated from God. Even though I did not know much about the Bible and certainly did not know the evidences for it's accuracy, I knew enough to respond to God. One afternoon after school, I was alone in my home and knelt and prayed to God. I simply asked Him to forgive me of my sin and take me to Heaven when I died. I was truly sorry for being a sinner and sincerely asked Him to save me. When I finished praying and had trusted God to save me it was as though the separation between God and me, that I sensed earlier, was removed. In child-like terms I knew I was not 'in trouble' anymore and that God had forgiven me. In my mind, it was almost as though Jesus had His arms wide-open saying, 'It's alright now!'" As a college student, Mark grew in his commitment to Jesus as he attended Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Regularly hearing the Bible taught and preached as well as being around other young people who loved Jesus helped his commitment deepen. Mark continued to mature in his relationship with God as a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida. Not only did he grow in his commitment to Christ while at First Baptist following Christ he met the love of his life, Debbie, who has been his partner in life and ministry ever since. His first experience of introducing someone to a relationship with Jesus by sharing the Good News was at First Baptist. Later, he was invited to preach at the city rescue mission and was amazed when five men professed to receive Christ. The joy of having a part in what God was doing sharpened his focus even more. After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Management in 1980, he chose to serve God in Christian broadcasting. His first job following college was as the program director of a Christian radio station. He began receiving invitations to speak at area churches. Again, people responded to God's invitation of salvation. His call to full-time ministry continued to be confirmed. When he heard that a local church was searching for a youth minister he applied. The church called him to serve and he left broadcasting and began the adventure of full-time ministry. Since beginning as a youth minister he has served as an associate pastor, pastor, and senior pastor. He has been humbled to serve in eight churches in five states over a period of more than 30 years. He earned a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Luther Rice Bible College, a master's degree in divinity (with languages) from The Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Billy Graham School of Church Growth and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, he has made annual trips to the former Soviet Union since 1995 to train Russian and Ukrainian pastors and church planters as well as assist International Mission Board personnel in evangelism and church planting projects. He continues to study Russian and often brings groups to experience international missions first hand. Mark also serves as a Coach-Consultant for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He says, "Encouraging Biblical church health and growth is deeply rewarding. I cannot think of anything that has a greater impact on the world than a united body of believers following the Master and fulfilling His mission." Mark desires to glorify God and further His Kingdom by helping people discover life worth living in Jesus Christ.

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