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Life is Short

September 25, 2006

I will be spending the next three days travelling to attend a funeral.

Funerals remind us of our mortality. They cause us to reflect on our lives and on our loved ones. At times like these I consider the way I am spending the time God has given me, and whether I am spending it on the right things. And I wonder whether my life is making any difference…and whether it needs to make a difference.

In the Declaration and Address of 1809, Thomas Campbell wrote:

Oh! that ministers and people would but consider, that there are no divisions in the grave; nor in that world which lies beyond it: there our divisions must come to an end! we must all unite there!– Would to God, we could find in our hearts to put an end to our short-lived divisions here; that so we might leave a blessing behind us; even a happy and united church.

May God enable all of us to make a difference in that area.

If I am to live to be as old as the gentleman whose funeral I will attend on Wednesday, I have another 30 years remaining. But the days pass with increasing speed. When my great-grandmother was 86 years old, she told me that it had taken half of her life to reach age 16. I am past the midpoint between those two milestones, and see no reason to doubt her statement. Perhaps this is what Paul had in mind when he said:

Eph 5:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil

Let’s pray that God will enable us to live up to that calling.

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