What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” – James 4:14
Idea: The average American lives to be 78 years old. If you multiply this number by a year, that gives 28,470 days of life. The first 15 years are spent in childhood and early adolescence. Approximately 20 years are devoted to sleeping. Toward the last 10 years of life, our health becomes limited and our ability to thrive wanes. When you consider eating, traveling, work, and other life duties, your down to perhaps 20 years of focusing your complete attention on serving God and witnessing for Christ.
Now suppose you spend time watching Television, surfing the internet, playing sports, shopping, and other extracurricular activities. You are down to about 10 Christ-focused years. That’s 3,650 days, or 87,600 hours to seek God in prayer, fasting, reading the Bible, and evangelizing to the lost.
Application: Our time is shorter than we think. Invest your time wisely for God’s kingdom. Everything around you will pass, but only what you do for Christ will last. I challenge you to calculate your time spent on worshipping God this week and determine how much free time you have if you tarry to 78.
Prayer: Father, teach us to number our days. Remind us that you are sovereign over the destinies of our life and we have no idea what the future holds. Planning and investing are not wrong, but help us to rid ourselves of arrogance, self-confidence, and pride so we can grow closer to you. In Jesus name, Amen.