“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.” (Psalm 39:4)
Every week we learn of the sudden and unexpected passing of a celebrity. Each time I hear these news reports, I’m reminded that I may be right behind them. Time – it’s fleeting – never enough of it – slips away from us. We feel guilty we don’t have more of it for someone special, or something noble. We are always running out of time and oh, how quickly it passes.
I’ve experienced what happens when time runs out. I lost both of my parents within nine weeks of each other. I lost a brother in an accident when he was only 33. Many friends and family members are no longer here. None of us walking the face of the earth knows when our time will come. We can’t move the clock back. That’s why it’s so important to make every second count and to make sure our relationships with each other are right. Just as we won’t know when our time is to be called home, we won’t know when it’s someone else’s time, either. I’ve witnessed how regret tears people apart when someone’s time runs out. It’s not pretty.
It’s so easy to procrastinate, to put off that act that makes us feel uncomfortable. Life is like that. We know that a mere seventy or eighty years are normally given to us (Psalm 90:10), but those years soon pass us by. Even if we live to be ninety or a hundred years, we’ll still recognize that “childhood and the prime of life are fleeting” (Ecclesiastes 11:10), and almost before we know it, the “end” has arrived, and our remaining acts of kindness to help a relationship heal is gone.
It is never too late to make amends for a past action. Even if the other party shuts the door and locks it, you can find comfort in knowing you attempted to make amends with a truly humble heart.
Our life is like a watch in the night (Psalm 90:4), like grass that withers (Psalm 90:5-6), like a sigh (Psalm 90:9), and like a vapor that vanishes away (James 4:14). It is like a flower of the field (Psalm 103:115) that falls off (1 Peter 1:24). It is like a mere breath (Psalm 39:5) and like a passing shadow (Psalm 144:4). Life and death are no respecter of persons (Ecclesiastes 9:2-3) and death may come unexpectedly or after a slow, debilitating illness and decline (Ecclesiastes 12:1-8). We may not know when our end on earth will come, but we do know for sure that it will come.
I believe it’s up to each of us, with whatever time we have, to live without regret by helping ease someone else’s pain. What do you think?
“As long as you live, it is never too late to make amends. Take my advice, child. Don’t waste your precious life with regrets and sorrow. Find a way to make right what was wrong, and then move on.” (Karen Hesse)
Debby Efurd is co-founder of Cary John Efurd Ministries of Pittsburg, TX. She has been a contributor to Bound for Life and has written numerous articles published in LifeNews, Christian Post, and the Baptist Standard, and is the author of Go Tell It! Learn more about Cary John Efurd Ministries by liking our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CJEMinistries) and downloading our FREE mobile app (get.theapp.co) from the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to comment on her blog, The Second Mile, at www.debbyefurd.com .