Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Finishing well....?

Psalm 90:12 "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."

     IF the average length of our days is 27,375 days (70-80 years), according to Psalms 90:10, then I have "spent" 21,862, which would leave me 5,513 days. Obviously no one has even a single day guaranteed, but...

Time 'spent' and time 'left' measured....
     I like to use the illustration of the tape measure, to calculate time 'spent' and time 'left'. So, someone getting ready to celebrate their 15th birthday would have 'spent' what I might have left, and would have 'left to spend' what I have already 'spent'.

     Getting ready to celebrate your 60th birthday is an opportunity to reflect, to look back, as well as to look forward. Sometimes Paul Simon's song comes to mind. "Slip sliding away..." Life is like a vapour, here today and gone tomorrow.

     To live is also to make choices. There are many choices to make, and an important question, at my age, is that of 'finishing well'.

     Scripture is littered with examples of great men of faith that lost their focus and didn't finish well! I don't want to be part of that statistic. It's important to stay the course.

     In Western society some men go thru a 'midlife crisis'. In a society known for its machismo that seems even more pronounced. And often poor choices, with devastating consequences, are the result.

     Another thing that happens, for some, when you get closer to retirement, is the potential of worrying or experiencing anxiety regarding the future. Will I have enough resources to be able to live in retirement? Will I be able to afford housing? basic necessities? what will I do with my time? etc. etc.

     Scripture (Matthew 5:19-34) has a lot to say about not worrying, and also about our priorities, regarding possessions, and storing up 'treasures'. Certainly it seems that absolute and complete trust and reliance on God, our creator and sustainer, is required. This is foundational, BUT, it doesn't recuse us from being good stewards, planning ahead, and using our time and resources wisely.

     So, these are the thoughts rolling thru my mind, as I get closer to the 'big 60'. Now, as always, I want my life to count, to make a difference. To be marked by obedience to Christ, and love for those that I rub shoulders with along the way!

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