Better Get Started

How many more years do you expect to live? When you die, how long will you be dead?

Michael LeBoeuf

 

I came across this quote a number of years ago, and it has really resonated with me. We all spend so much time on the immediate, that we sometimes fail to see the Big Picture.

 

How about you? Have you accomplished all of the really important things that you had planned to when you were younger? Maybe you are younger and think that you have plenty of time to get to the important stuff later, but those of us who are older know the truth: We often waste the most valuable commodity that our Maker has bestowed upon us - our time. Because of that waste, we often find ourselves looking back over the years wondering why we failed to accomplish the important goals of our youth. More tragically, we often realize, too late, that we never even had worthwhile goals.

 

But the past is the past. If we could go back and change our mistakes, we would, but we simply cannot. Since that is a fact, the only reasonable thing to do right now is to move on. So, what will you do about the important, right now? The fact is that God has given us all of the time we need to take care of everything we should be doing. We know this is true because we have all had bosses who had tasks for us to complete who always made sure that we had the resources we needed to accomplish those tasks. God is the same, only in a perfect way. He really does give us all the time we need.

 

This leaves us, then, with several vital questions: Are we saved? Are we prepared to die? Have we made provisions for those we will leave behind?

 

Are you ready for eternity? You and I will have one, you know, somewhere. If you have yet to take care of the most important areas of your life, now is a good time to start. Maybe these inspired words from Moses will help with needed perspective:

 

   As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,

   or, if due to strength, eighty...

   So, teach us to number our days, that we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.

         Psalm 90:10, 12, NAS