Daily Devotion, 04/10/2019, “Limited Time Offer”
Psalm 38:4 NLT
“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.”
I was recently talking with someone about how fast time goes. And how it seems to go FASTER the older that you get! That doesn’t seem fair to me, but it’s true. The really sad part is that even though most people are aware that life’s passing quickly, they don’t do anything about it. I’m not talking about changing how fast it’s going. You can’t control that. But you can decide to make the most out of it. So what would that look like? Let me make a few suggestions.
Make amends with others. Life is way too short to spend another moment pouting, sulking, or carrying resentment. Move beyond it. Take the time to go to someone you are at odds with and say, “Let’s fix this.”Find someone who’s upset with you and say, “I’m sorry.”Find someone whom you have been mad at and let them know you’re putting it behind you. It kills me to see family members, church members, and close friends who are letting time slip away while they’re feuding over stupid stuff. Let it go, and let’s enjoy each other’s company in these fleeting days.
Make it count. Do you want a question that ought to really haunt you? Here it is: “What are you currently doing that will live beyond you?”I spent an hour this morning with a man who serves in a weekly ministry called Whiz Kids. It is an after-school program for under-served kids that helps teach them reading skills, confidence, and moral character. This man and his wife have worked in this program for years. Can you imagine the difference this makes for kids growing up in challenging conditions where they are surrounded by gangs, drugs, and crime? These folks who serve in programs like this are leaving a LEGACY. Their lives will continue on in the lives of these kids and their children’s children. You get One Short Shot at life. Make sure you’re investing yourself in something that’s not going to be buried with you.
Say it now. Don’t wait another day to let your parents know how thankful you are for them. Don’t wait another day to say, “I love you,”to your spouse or your kids. Don’t let gratitude, love, and appreciation die in your heart with you. If it’s in your heart for someone, say it NOW. Life is fleeting. Don’t leave it to chance that people know how you feel about them. Say it now. You can’t stop life from going by so quickly. The only thing you can do is to live it RIGHT. You are loved!
PS: I decided to repost this devotion written by dear friend and mentor Steve Chiles after reading it this morning. It is especially timely for me during this intense and busy season of my life. I pray that it spoke to you as much as it spoke to me.