Friday, September 21, 2007

Numbering Your Days with a Nine Hour Exam

A family friend, Phil, was visiting our home for dinner recently and shared with us a sobering reminder of the reality that, in view of eternity, we have no time to waste in our sojourn upon this earth.

When we compare our lifespan to eternity, we quickly realize that our lifespan is incredibly short. To give a quantifiable idea of just how short life really is, imagine, for the sake of mathematical argument, that eternity is ten million years long. If you lived a long life, say one hundred years, then our lifetime compared to ten million years is a little less than nine hours compared to our lifetime. Imagine that - what if a nine hour exam determined the course and direction of the rest of your entire life!

Such it is with our lives and eternity: one hundred years compared to a small fraction of eternity, is but a nine hour exam measured against our lifetime.

Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom!