Psalm 39:4-5–Lord, let me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a few hand breaths, and my lifetime is a nothing in your sight (NRSV).
My scale stands as a staunch ally, a gentle reminder, a mechanical hint that all is not well in my body department. Thankfully, it doesn’t laugh when the numbers are up. It performs honestly if I stand still and stop trying to jiggle it at a happier place. The trouble is that I don’t always want to believe what it says. The true answer only comes when I get on my weight-class scale. No more fudging the truth there.
At fifteen, we believe that we will live forever. By 40 we are getting nervous. When 70, we start counting the regrets for a life not lived with purpose. God is totally honest about our time on earth. It’s short.
Make the most of it. Want to tell someone that you love them? Have a bad habit to correct? Need to be sure about where you will spend eternity? Pursue it today.
What would we do if we had only one day left here on earth?
Prayer: Lord, our time is fleeting. Much of it has been spent frivolously. Help us capture every second, minute, hour and day that we have left for Your glory and put them to good use. In Christ’s name. Amen.