With my dashing good looks and busy life, I sometimes forget I'm dying.
I live pretty healthily (outside the double bacon burger for Fattys recipe). I feel great, my energy is good, I've got great friends and lots of vision for life. So it's easy to feel like this is going to last forever.
But it won't.
I've got the same ailment you do... a human body in a fallen world.
Hm. No matter how well I take care of the inside or how comfortable I make the outside it moves closer every day to shutting down.
New Year's Resolutions, vitamins, meditation and living in the beautiful city of Austin, Texas won't change the outcome.
If you really stop to think about it… discouragement could set in pretty fast.
Maybe that's why we all stay so busy doing and playing and doing and playing. Like the distractions we look for as the roller coaster cranks it's way to the top of the hill. We know it's coming but it feels better and safer not think about it.
Maybe we should think about a little more instead of a little less. Maybe just maybe thinking about the shortness of this life increases our gratitude for each and every moment we do have.
David said this "Teach us to number our days that We may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalms 90:12
The wisdom to value the moment and the wisdom to fix our hearts on investing in the next life.
Praise God both can be done simultaneously.
In His wisdom, He arranged it so the things that matter most in this life, truly matter most, are the ones that matter most in the next one too.
Love God with all of your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:30-31)
To invest in these two activities is to invest in a truly full and rewarding life today, which naturally leads to a deeper experience with Jesus and an increase in the number our brothers and sisters in the Lord - both of these are rewards we enjoy now and ones we will take with us to our next life with Jesus.