Day 7: Teach us to realize the brevity of life.

Day 7: Teach us to realize the brevity of life.

Today is one of those days that inspired my 31 Day Challenge series title – “Download of the Day: 31 Days With God”.

Today is the day that Hurricane Matthew hit Florida and made it’s way up the coast, after hitting the Bahamas, parts of Cuba, and wreaking havoc in Haiti.  Usually the day of or after an event like this I start to get reflective.  It’s overcast here in Texas and it is Friday so I am winding down my week and not moving super-fast.  And I am not feeling particularly motivated to do anything. I guess I could call it “feeling funky” or down or just reflective.  I do know that I have committed to writing every day in October so I mustered up the energy to sit down at my desk and start today’s blog post.  However, I wasn’t motivated to continue talking about the notes I took at our women’s conference, though I promise to go back to those in future posts this month.

When I am “stuck” getting started on any project I go to God in prayer.  I thought I’d start by praying Psalm 91 again as many are still in the path of Hurricane Matthew and I was compelled, by the Holy Spirit of course, to read Psalm 90.  I don’t know about you, but Psalm 90 isn’t particularly uplifting.  And then I got to Psalm 90:12-17 and the feel of this chapter started to change.

Here is Psalm 90:12-17 (NLT)

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.  O Lord, come back to us!  How long will you delay?  Take pity on your servants!  Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.  Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!  Replace the evil years with good.  Le us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory.  And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful.  Yes, make our efforts successful!”

As we read of the lives lost in Haiti, and listen to the daily news in general, we are reminded of “the brevity of life”.  These reminders cause me to pause and think and pray.  I also love to read my study Bible notes when I read a passage that grabs me.  I thought the note for Psalm 90:12 was a good one to think on this weekend as we go about our normal lives – most of us not affected by stormy weather at all.

Notes from my NLT Study Bible for Psalm 90:12:

Realizing that life is short helps us use the little time we have more wisely and for eternal good.  Take time to number your days by asking, “What do I want to see happen in my life before I die?  What small step could I take toward that purpose?”

I guess these two questions could be morbid as well and yet that is not how I choose to look at them.  We all know that we will die one day so we might as well live the life we have imagined while we are here.  Ever since I read Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love, I have looked at my life, and my decisions, differently.  I highly recommend reading Francis’ book and be prepared for some tough questions and for God to do a work in you if you allow Him.  He mentions something his grandma said to him and it has stuck with him and me.  He shares:  My grandmother says that she looked to eternity and then worked backwards and that is how she lived her life.  Interesting concept but very similar to the two questions above.  If we are living for eternity here on earth, than what do we want to see happen in our lives before we die?  And if we have made it our goal to live for Christ than what small step can we take today toward that purpose?  Some call this reverse engineering.  You set the goal and then work backwards to create a plan to accomplish the goal.

My goal is to leave a legacy of HOPE.  My new favorite saying is:  Hope is my super power!  I don’t just want people to say that I gave them hope.  Or that I helped them focus on what they are GR8TFUL for every day.  I want people to have HOPE and to spread HOPE like confetti.  I want people to not only be GR8TFUL but to help others see that there is always, always, always something to be GR8TFUL for.  I want the world to be a better place because I lived and after I am gone, I want people to continue to be inspired by how I lived my life here on earth.  And I believe only God can help me accomplish this lofty goal.

Now it’s your turn – how would you answer the two questions from my Bible notes?

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