A good friend of mine remarked to me the other day, “I have been married as long without kids as long as I have been married with kids.”
The statement gave me pause and caused me to reflect upon my life and marriage. We do date our lives and the passing of time by major milestones-how long have we been married, how long have been married with kids, how many years have passed since we graduated from high school or college? After a certain age, I think most of us would rather not remember how many years it has been, since it is yet another reminder of how old we are and our own creakiness!
Of all of life’s milestones, the most important date for any living person should be the day they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is clear demarcation. It is a drawing a line in the sand, the same way Joshua challenged the Israelites to decide whom they would follow, God or their own desires. This should be the measure of anyone’s life, the day we chose God over all others.
...choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Our perspective of life cannot only be limited to our existence on earth. Eternity awaits and God is eager to have you share in the full richness and blessings of His Creation. But this can only begin if you accept the truth of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He died for our sins so that we would no longer be separated from God.
We may measure the passing of time by many wonderful and joyous events. But from God’s perspective, the passage of time should be measured from the day we entered into an eternal relationship with God.
Won’t you take the opportunity to do this?