Day 13: Ecclesiastes 12:7 ~ And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it..
July 26, 2020 Posted by travis martin
Day 13 ~
Ecclesiastes 12:7 ~ And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
The mortality tables say that, statistically, I will live to be about 78 years old. We know that we are not a statistic but are known of God. My number could be up today. I could also live to be 120 years old.
If I live until August 31, I will be 50 years old. That means that I will have lived in this body 18,250 days. Statistically, I may have 28 more years or 10,220 days remaining. That all depends on God's grace.
I spent a lot of time not living my best life, worrying, living in fear, being slothful, quitting, and the like. I have also had a good life. It could have been an even better life if I had have walked in faith and courage more though.
Today, I am admonishing myself again. I won't spend time worrying, living in fear, arguing, judging, etc. I don't have time for that anymore.
A great man, Gerald Sloman, once said "I know that I am old. I remember when it happened. I can remember when I looked out into the crowd and everyone looked older than me and then, suddenly, one day I woke up and I was old. I knew this because on that day, I looked into a crowd of people and everyone looked younger than me."
I will never forget him saying that because it happened to me.
I remember when my lawyer, my doctor, my teachers, my bankers, the police all looked much older than me. Now, almost everyone I do business with, care for me, etc look so much younger than me. I know I am old.
I don't know how many days I have remaining but I pledge to be more mindful each and every day moving forward that I may have fewer days in front of me than lay behind me.
If you are younger than me let me admonish you. Do what you can today. Time goes by fast, so much faster than you think.
Most of the things that paralyzed me and that I worried over never happened and even if they did happen, I got through it.
There is an old saying. The coward dies a thousand deaths but the courageous only has to die one death.
Live in this world of uncertainty with courage and love. Don't live in it in fear and dread.
We all have so much more to do. I am increasing my capacity to do more today and every day moving forward.
The angel of death can scare you and paralyze you or the angel of death can remind you just how precious each second really is so that you always do your best.
1 Corinthians 15:55 ~ O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
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