“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of your hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath”
Psalm 39:4,5 (NLT)
Within the last few years, my family lost both of my grandparents. They both lived long lives and were blessed to see their grandchildren grow up. I also think of friends I had in high school who lost their lives. Those classmates lived maybe seventeen years versus the eighty-plus years my grandparents had. I began to think about the life I have been given. As David was writing this Psalm, he fully realized that God knew every detail of his life. He knew that his days were numbered; that nothing was permanent. How often do you and I realize that? I fully comprehend that God has a purpose for each of our lives. We have been given a set amount of time here on earth. Are we using that time wisely? We don’t know how many more days we have on this earth. Our time could be up in fifty hours or fifty years from now. No one but God knows that.
So, how much time have we been wasting? I think of the time I waste on Facebook or watching television rather than reading my Bible or meeting with a non-Christian friend. Now, I’m not saying that Facebook or television are bad things, but they definitely can suck up time. (I know it does for me!) As I reflect on the uncertain amount of time we all have on the earth, I question what I should be doing differently. I think of the parts of my life that are lacking. If I were to die tomorrow, did I accomplish God’s will for my life? Were there people in my life who still hadn’t experienced the love of God because I was too busy? I encourage you, friends, to really evaluate how you’re spending your time. I’m not asking you to drop everything that are time wasters, but maybe limit your time doing those things. Spend time doing things that are intentional and will change eternities for Christ. I make sure that I meet with at least one person during the week who doesn’t know the love of Christ and we talk. If we all lived life that way, how many more people would experience the love that God has to offer. Be praying for situations to be intentional and that distractions would not take away from the sweet and precious time you have on earth.
Author: Nicole Presley