Here’s a good one from Lee. Take a look…. -anita
I’m 70 years old and I sometimes think of the Scripture verse in Psalm 90:10: “The length of our days is 70 years—or eighty if we have the strength.” I understand, of course, the Bible is not saying here that we are guaranteed 70 years of life. In fact, when this book was written, the average lifespan was comparatively short. In one study I found (University College of London) that examined age attained at death in Roman times (based on census data from Egypt between AD 11 and AD 258, admittedly after the Psalms were compiled) most men and women were dead by their 50s. Even more telling, almost half of the females counted, and over a third of the males, died before they completed their teen years. Lifestyle, poor health, and diet were most likely chief contributors to the likelihood of fairly early death.
So, I know there is no guarantee of long life. In fact, I’ve had many extended family members and numerous good friends pass away at ages much younger than my 70 years. So what is my point? First, I would say that we should be astutely aware of how short our life truly is: Ps 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” In short, be wise with your time; it is very limited. I know I waste many hours doing things that have little meaning or benefit to others or even myself. My hard-charging wife, who is busy every single day, likes to say that she will sleep more when she is in her 90s.
There’s a part of me that feels like I’m living on borrowed time, given the fact that I had open heart surgery/triple bypass at the fairly young age of 48. The doctors used a vein from my leg to create a bypass artery for my heart. I’ve read that such a procedure is usually good for about 10 years, sometimes even less, and it has now been 21 years plus. The good news is that I feel good and am still going strong, so I thank God profusely for each “extra” day He gives me.
I think about dying sometimes. I don’t dwell on it; I don’t even fear it. The Bible assures us in 2 Tim 1:7 that, “…God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I feel pretty strongly that these “extra” years God has given me has been a gift, if you will. I’ve gotten to see my youngest daughter grow up and become successful at her chosen career, and my wife and I have had many great years together. And I’ve been busy watching my grand children grow up (the youngest is still only 6) and I work hard to be active and a part of their lives.
No matter what is the state of my life or yours, we are supremely blessed if we know Him and if we can honestly say, “Whenever You want to take me home, Lord, I’m ready.” That means not holding tightly to our temporal life here, our things, or even our relationships on this earth. The point of this life is to prepare us for the next one. One of my favorite Bible verses puts it this way: “But I trust in You, Lord; I say, You are my God. My times are in your hands.” Ps 31:14-15
Prov 20:29 says, “The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.” I can still comb mine so that’s a small blessing in itself, I guess!