Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
People think and behave differently when they’re short on time. If you’re running late for work, the bed might not get made because it’s not as important as getting dressed and eating breakfast. We are able to quickly sort between important and more important when we’re pressed for time.
I like to watch some MMA fights and often notice that the fighters take their time in rounds one and two, but when the third round comes, they do all they can to knock out their opponent – especially in the last 30 seconds. But if they fought like they do in the last 30 seconds of round three way back in round one, then there wouldn’t even be a second or third round. They only really turn on the heat when they’re running out of time.
Every day we should realize we are running out of time. Psalm 103:15-16 describes our life like this:
Our days on earth are like grass; like wild flowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blows, and we are gone — as though we had never been here.
But what if we do something during our short stay so that our lives aren’t gone with the wind? What if my kids follow Jesus because I do? What if I behave like Jesus? What if I invite people to church? What if I tell them about Jesus? What if I see a co-worker or the check out lady in Heaven one day? I can affect what happens in people’s lives after I’m gone. It doesn’t matter if I get credit; it’s not about me personally being remembered. But the fact is that I will see my kids in heaven because I’ve shared God with them. I will most likely see their kids in heaven too.
Live like it’s Round Three. Don’t waste time. Making the beds isn’t the most important thing. Jesus said, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
What does that mean? What can I possibly actually take to Heaven when my short life is over?
PEOPLE! People should be my treasure in heaven – my husband, our kids, my parents. And most likely their children & their children’s children will be there too because our short time here is teaching us what REALLY matters and passing that on to them.
But the love of the Lord remains forever (His love is not gone with the wind; it will always remain!) with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments! (Psalm 103:17-18)
Help me determine what really matters today and to behave like I’m running out of time because I am. Thank you that every bit of you that I share will remain even when I’m gone. Thank you that YOU are the one that makes my life meaningful. I love you so much and pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.