Psalms 39: 4,6 NIV
(4) “Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.”
(6) “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.
As we go through our short life, we find ourselves fixated on many worldly things and the collection of those things. We spend precious time planning our next conquest in life. Then it hits… In an instant, our outlook on life and what is important changes and we find ourselves saying something like…
“Lord, I have squandered my days on many things, but this was not among them”
Having a gut check of being told that we have a very short amount of time left on earth, we start to reevaluate our choices and our priorities very quickly. All the things we have amassed seem less important and the things we chose to do from that point on become very selective. We start living in the now vs planning the future. Things in life become very vivid for the first time.
Maybe we are looking at life’s goals wrong. Maybe we should apply the thinking as if we only have 30 days to live. If we did, life would surly slow down and the quality of life would go up. We would chose what is important and what is not. We would embrace the things we hold dear for longer periods of time. Our faith would grow stronger as our attention shifts to God.
The older you get, know this. Life does speed up. You begin to wonder what happened and you look around and start assessing what you have to show for it. If God is not at the top of that list, you may have taken a wrong turn. If you look through the eyes of someone that only has 30 days to choose what is important, make time for God and everything else important will fall into place.