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Here is the Daily Dose for Friday, June 7, 2019.
A wise person thinks a lot about death, while a fool thinks only about having a good time. Ecclesiastes 7:4
Today is my birthday. It means that I have gotten a year older, and hopefully a year wiser. It also means that I am a year closer to my death. OK, now that sounds a little morbid, but it very is motivating for me. The older I get, the more than I begin to realize that life is short, and every day is precious. When I was younger, I knew that I had all the time in the world. There would be time to chase my dreams, time to waste on fantasies, and time to do everything else that popped into my mind. As I have gotten older, I have realized that time is precious, valuable, fleeting, and we have to use it wisely.
Getting older has meant that I no longer only look forward, but I also look backward as well. I look backward to see what I have accomplished, so I can see what I have left to do. This looking backward allows me to focus on what is most important in the time that I have left and to let go of the things that I don’t think will make a difference in the grand scheme of things. This means that I have let go of trying to play third base for the Yankees, which means that I am more focused on spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have given up on having a multi-platinum album, but I am now focused on writing books, articles, and other materials that will help people have more fulfilling lives and see the glory of the Lord. All of this is happening because one day I will be called home to glory, and when others look backward at the time God gave me I want to know that my time made a difference.
Friends, we only have so much time. To be exact, every day we have 24 hours, every week we have 168 hours, every month we have on average 730 hours, and every year we have 8,760 hours. What we do with those hours is of glory and honor to God. We want to make sure that when we are looking back, we have used those hours wisely, we have invested our time judiciously and that we can report to the Lord that the time we were given was well invested. So as I begin another year of life, I look forward to what God still has in store, and I look back to see what I have to finish doing.