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This month we have two granddaughters graduating high school. How is that possible? Exciting for them … surreal for us.  It was just yesterday we held tiny bundles in our arms, welcoming them to the world … catching them as they took their first steps … searching for Easter eggs with them … attending recitals. I know many of you have graduations this month also, so get out the hankies!

So where does the time go? Just yesterday, I couldn’t wait to turn 18 … at 30, it started passing much too fast. This life God gives us is fleeting and must not be taken for granted. 

When you’re young, no one wants to be reminded our days on this earth are numbered. It made a difference for me to savor each day after my brother was suddenly killed in a hunting accident. That’s an all-too-common occurrence for people these days.

In Psalm 39, David was enduring painful hardships. He tried to make sense of his suffering, so he asked the Lord to show him that his life is fleeting. He seeks a new perspective from which to gain wisdom about his life and its meaning. Awareness of his short life might help him to live more vitally, even in the midst of difficulty and discouragement.

When I ponder the question of how fleeting life is, I feel a mix of emotions — sadness, gratitude, even fear. But, more than anything, I find myself wanting to live each moment I have on this earth with abundance. I want to improve my relationship with Jesus vertically, so I can live for purpose with those around me horizontally, delighting in the relationships that God has put around me with family, friends, and others.

God alone knows how many days I have left on this earth. What I do know is that these days are numbered, and the numbers are turning quickly. May God give me the wisdom to live this day to the fullest, savoring each and every one.

Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.” (Psalm 39:4)

Debby Efurd is co-founder of Cary John Efurd Ministries. Learn more about the ministry by liking our Facebook page ( and downloading our FREE mobile app ( from App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, allow notifications to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Cary John Efurd Ministries. Debby can be contacted at

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