A few weeks ago, I had dinner with a relative and after dinner, we returned to her home. As we reminisced about the family, she brought out a photo from nearly 30 years ago. She kept it because it was the only photo that captured most of her mother’s side of the family. As she named each person in the photo, she would pause and then say, “He’s gone.” or “She’s gone.” It was a sobering reminder of how time robs of us of our loved ones.
As I sojourn through my middle age, I am increasingly aware of the ephemeral nature of our lives. In the past 5 years, my brother-in-law, my mother, my father, and two uncles have passed away. Numerous family members of friends have also passed away. And of my older friends and relatives who remain, many are not in good health or are entering senility.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV)
While it saddens me, this passage of time encourages me to make wise use my of remaining years. I pray for opportunities to witness to friends and family. I pray that God would change their hearts and allow them to see the infinite blessings of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Redeem your time on earth wisely. Someday, others will be saying about me, “He’s gone.” The only memory I am concerned about leaving is whether my life was a reflection of Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.