January 8, 2009 Well, we’ve finally arrived at 2009. I confess I missed the ball dropping at Times Square on TV this year, but my New Years resolution is to catch it next January. I don’t know about you but there are certain year numbers I just like better than others. ‘9’ is actually one of my least favorites. It doesn’t quite roll off the tip of the pen for me as well as an ‘8’ does when you write it on top of a paper. You could imagine my dismay in junior high as I had to write ‘1999’ for a full year.
Regardless, with another year behind us and a new year ahead, it seems time is still trucking along just fine. In fact, the one sure thing in this life is that the clock keeps ticking. Some of us are getting taller, some (like my parents) are getting shorter. Relationships are starting for some, and for others it’s the ending of one. Inevitably all the stellar gifts we all got for Christmas will start crudding out on us, need new batteries, and lose their once shiny luster. You’ll probably drop that new iPhone of yours around March and need a new screen. I hope you got the insurance. : )
And so it is, as time marches on, we find that nothing escapes its mighty power, including us. All humans are part of that greatest and most dreadful of all statistics: 10 out of 10 people die. The psalmist David will say it like this: “Behold, You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before You. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!” (Ps. 39:5).
Yep, as sure as the Sun rises in the morning, you and I at best are going to get about 90 good years before we check out (this is a real fun read, isn’t it?). My point is this: I want to inspire you today. I want to see you finish this article and desire to impact this world. But I cannot accomplish this until you understand the shortness of your life. I realize you are young and feel a certain invincibility, but your day, my friend, is coming. Knowing this, the question needs to be asked, “What do I do with my life?”, or put it another way, “How do I not waste my life?”. To answer this, I’m going to beg you to heed the passionate statement of the apostle, Paul. “…I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.” Did you catch it? What was Paul’s great end goal, and how do we protect against a wasted existence? By determining that the greatest goal in life is to make Jesus famous! I have made it my pursuit these 7 years and it has been a sweet and worthy journey. Make your short life count by living for the fame of the One who gave you eternal life, and share that news with the world. Do this, and on that day you stand before your Lord, you will hear those sweet words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”