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I just finished doing a funeral. We celebrated the life of a man who invested his time in a variety of things. He was a pilot, rock climber, Red Belt in Karate, worked with the Cub Scouts, and played bass in a band. Right after he learned of his cancer, he headed off to climb volcanoes in Mexico. But he didn’t just invest his time in things; he invested in people. The personal testimonies about his life from family and friends were a reminder of his gentle nature and strong spirit. But then, all too suddenly, it was over. He entered the hospital and eight days later he was gone.
Kenny Chesney sings a song about a man who just turned 102 years old and was asked to share his secret of life. The old man says, “Don’t blink:”
Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap
And you wake up and you’re twenty-five
And your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads
Next thing you know your “better half”
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you’re praying God takes you instead
Trust me, friend, a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don’t blink.
Psalm 90 is “a prayer of Moses the man of God.” In that prayer this mighty leader makes this request:
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
God, make that our prayer as well. May we use each day to follow hard after you, investing our short time in things that will last for eternity. God, please don’t let us blink and miss a moment of your grace.