4 “Lord, make me to know my end
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how transient I am.
5 “Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths,
And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight;
Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah. Psalms 39:4-5 NASB
We don’t like to imagine that our lives are small and insignificant. But they are. In the light of time/history, we live for a short time and then we’re gone. We might be remembered by immediate family. We might be remembered in stories a few generations removed from our life time. And if we did something famous, there might be a few lines about us in a history book or article somewhere. That’s it!
After we’re gone, there is not a lot that we can do to influence our world for God. So since our time is precious, do we use our time wisely? If we are merely a breath or our lives are a mere flicker of a flame in comparison to eternity, what does your life matter in the end?
But it can matter! You can affect eternity when you live for Jesus and bring people along. You can focus on eternal things in the here and now. You might see a payoff here, you might not. But you will see a payoff in Heaven.
This life goes real fast. It doesn’t seem like it early on, but it picks up speed. What do you want to spend your time really doing? More TV? More making money? Finding more ways to bring satisfaction to your life? Or doing things that will make a difference in eternity?
It really isn’t that hard to make this decision. The hard part is sticking with the decesion to think and act eternally because we get so easily caught up in the things of this world.
I have to be purposeful in guarding my time and not allowing mindless activities to consume the little time I have here on this earth. I need to surround myself with the things of God so they speak louder than anything else. Again, it’s not hard…do my fair share of Bible reading, worship, prayer, evaluating my thoughts and decisions and holding everything up to God’s standards.
Lord, I want to make my life count for You on this earth. With the little time I have here, I want to make an eternal difference. Thank you for showing me the best way to live.