4 “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. 5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath. Selah
When you’re in the middle of life it can seem endless – but it will end. When you’re in the thick of daily living, the end is not in sight, but there is a last day of living for us here on earth. David wanted the ‘end in mind’ perspective. He wanted to understand his life from the viewpoint of the end of his life. He wanted God’s perspective. God’s perspective is that a man’s life is brief. It is fleeting. It’s a breath in the winter air. There it is – then it’s gone. James wrote about this same divine perspective. “Now listen you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:13-14)
I’ve heard the saying, “Begin with the end in mind.” This is a helpful idea. It’s been useful when doing projects for the Kingdom or even around the house. How much more important is it to begin today with the end of my life in mind? I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I don’t know the number of my days, but I do know that they are numbered! Living with the end in mind will mean that I do the things that make the most difference. At the end of my life, only my relationship with God and with my loved ones will matter. Since that is true, how should I live today?
Father, thank You for loving me. I invest my heart and energy and time into knowing and serving You. Help me invest my heart into my family and into Your church – in that order! I want to rejoice at the end of my life over a life well lived. That begins today.