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