... a weekly letter of encouragement.
October 25, 1993
A few days ago a close friend called, and out of the blue said, "Dwight, I have cancer and will be dead within six months." He and I had talked earlier about some exciting things we were looking forward to doing ministry-wise in the years ahead. However, barring God's intervention, those plans will never transpire.
Another friend of ours, age 36 and the mother of two small children, started vomiting and passing out. Two days later she was in surgery. Same diagnosis: Six months at best.
Sigmund Freud once stated, "Most men are convinced of their own immortality."
Crippling disease always befall the other guy.
The fatal car accidents happen to people on the 6:00 P. M. news. Never to us.
The fact of the matter is that we are all terminal: It's not "if" but "when." The Scriptures are explicit and replete in their reminders of the uncertainty and brevity of life:
"Each man's life is but a breath...his days are like a fleeting shadow."*
"Man is a mere phantom."*
"For my days vanish like smoke."*
"His days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; when the wind
has passed over it, it is no more."*
"What is your life? You are but a mist that appears for a little while and then
In light of life's uncertainty and brevity, Psalm 90:10 - 12 is ponderous:
"The length of our days is seventy years - or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away...Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
LIFE IS SIMPLY TOO UNCERTAIN AND BRIEF TO BE LIVED IN A CAVALIER FASHION. SO LET US DETERMINE TO MAKE EACH DAY COUNT FOR ETERNITY!
Have a great week!
*Psalms 39:5,6;102:3;103:15;144:4;Isa.40:6-8; James 4:14
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