Our Bible verse for today: “Lord, make me aware of my end and the number of my days so that I will know how short-lived I am. In fact, you have made my days just inches long, and my life span is as nothing to you. Yes, every human being stands as only a vapor.” Psalm 39:4-5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Life is short, so enjoy it.”
Today is my sixty-fifth birthday. I don’t tell you that because I’m looking for “Happy Birthday” wishes (you can reach me on Facebook, text message, email, or phone); nor am I looking for presents (my shirt size is large; I love ice cream, golfing, hiking, and kayaking; and books are always a nice gift); and I absolutely am not looking for anyone to treat me to a birthday meal (I’ll be at the Cracker Barrel in Crossville this morning at 8:30 for the monthly Oak Hill Baptist Church men’s breakfast).
No, I don’t tell you it’s my birthday for any of those reasons (did I mention I like books?), I tell you it’s my birthday simply as a convenient and relevant bridge into a discussion about the brevity of life. As King David noted in Psalm 39, life is short. Even if we live to be 70, 80, 90 years old, our life is but a dot on the time-line of eternity. It is a vapor, a wisp of smoke that is here for a moment and then vanishes.
Life is too short and too precious to be wasted on trivial things or to be spent moping around in bitterness and resentment. As we’ve been learning all this month, life should be embraced and enjoyed, fully and with gusto. Also, we have to be careful we don’t take our problems and difficulties too seriously. Will the things you’re worried about today matter much this time next week, next month, next year, or a decade from now? Probably not. So why let them get you down now? Life is too short to live small, or to be negative and pessimistic. Embrace life and enjoy it.
Also, learn to laugh about old age issues. It annoys me when I hear people complain about getting old. Many people never live long enough to get old! If you’re 60, 70, 80, or 90 years old you have been given a privilege that many people never get. Appreciate it and enjoy it!
Just the other day I heard a guy laughing about his old age issues and making fun of himself because of them. He said that the older he gets the more his body becomes like an old junk car. He said that now-a-days every time he sneezes it causes his radiator to leak and his exhaust backfires!
I can relate brother. Mine too. But so what? Let’s just laugh about it and enjoy another day of life that the Lord has granted us.
Pastor Jim (Sixty-five but still kicking butt and taking names! Lol)