Psalm 90:5-8, 12
“So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.” vs. 12
It’s not unusual for the young to have a sense of immortality and to act as though they are going to live forever. Many seem to not quite understand that someday they too will be old, and that their bodies will begin to wear out. They see old people around but they’re careful in their interactions. These faceless aged folks are, for them, almost like another species. And then comes the day when realization begins to dawn–as these seniors are they one day will be. And then the comes the corollary, as they are now–these seniors once were. The psalmist indicates that there’s wisdom in knowing that our days are numbered. Such knowledge helps us to understand that each moment of life is precious and is not to be wasted. We live on the third planet from the sun in the Milky Way galaxy…and it’s a pretty incredible place…insignificant in the whole scope of the universe, yet the center of our lives. And here is where we live and breathe and have our being. How sad it is to see careless, reckless living…not only among the young but among the old! There is so much to experience in the course of a lifetime. Blessed are those have learned to count their days, who have begun to understand the meaning of life! Blessed are they, for their lives will be full
Thought for the Day: At what age did I first realize my mortality?