Birthdays

Philip Stephens

Well, I just celebrated a birthday a few days ago. As birthdays go, it was not a significant milestone in life, but thankfully it was another birthday! Several of us remember David Downen, Wanda’s husband, who lived for several years with a heart transplant. David was one of our original “orchestra” members, playing clarinet. One year I apparently replied somewhat negatively to his Happy Birthday greeting, and he reminded me not to complain about having another birthday. He, more than most, had a great appreciation for living!

I find it fascinating that the God who orders our lives by days and seasons, is Himself not bound by time. “For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours” Psalm 90:4 (NLT). Throughout scripture we are reminded that “our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone— as though we had never been here”Psalm 103:15-16 (NLT). Now to us mortals, those verses are indeed sobering! However, the next verse (17) reminds us, “but the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him.”

Personally, I don’t like to waste time. I typically have a long list (at least mentally) of things to do. I have often wanted to take a time management course but have never had time for it. However, I sometimes realize that all my busyness is not really accomplishing much, at least of eternal value. Often, I find myself dealing with stuff and things, things that are so temporary.

Who are the people that God has placed in our lives to influence? C. S. Lewis said it well: “You have never met a mortal. When the sun and moon and stars are gone and the mountains and seas have disappeared, you and every person you know will still be alive somewhere—either with God in paradise, or separated from Him forever.” Think of family, friends, and others that we can impact for the Lord.

“Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” (C.T. Studd)

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