“I love meeting with old guys,” I began the conversation. My breakfast mate laughed heartily and said, “Oh, okay, now I understand why you are meeting with me!”
“No, you are only ten years older than me—I’m talking about really old guys!” I said. I went on to explain how my life has been enriched by regular, intentional contact with men and women who share the rich perspective that age and experience brings.
Godly perspective enables us to truly treasure each day—every day is a gift! Last week, I discovered that one of my Rwandan friends tragically lost a child. I can’t even begin to imagine that type of trial and difficulty. Please pray for him and his family.
A few days later, I was saddened by a phone call from a family member letting me know that they have been diagnosed with a life-ending disease. Then, a co-worker shared that she had a “purse-full of tissues” because she attended the funeral of a young woman taken far too early, at least from our perspective.
The Ancient King of Israel, David, reminded us that it is wise to reflect on the brevity of life when he prayed this: “Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be” (Psalm 39:4-6).
Do you ever find yourself obsessing over the future? How about worrying about something that is out of your control? Maybe stressing out about something that really won’t matter in eternity? Let’s resolve to model God’s love, grace and joy as we press into relationships with the people that He has placed around us, making the most of the time that He has gifted us. Do not take any day for granted.
Will you pray with me that God will give us the grace that we need to treasure today?