“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
A Sad Reality
As I write this, I am preparing for the funeral of my wife’s step-father.
He was a “good” man. I enjoyed his fellowship and insight. In many ways he lived a life much like what we describe through MD5.
He was disciplined.
He was intentional in the time he spent with people.
He was the smartest man I’ve ever known – but he was humble.
He was kind.
He was self-less.
He was successful & very generous.
He loved his family and cared for people.
He was not religious but knew I was and was always curious about my ministry.
But he told me, “religion is not for me”. He was unfortunately agnostic. He was a very good man, but being good is not the path to salvation.
We talk often about the brevity of life. Psalm 90 teaches us to “number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
A New Perspective
During this process of remembering Gene and preparing to speak at his funeral this admonition has resonated with me in a whole new way.
While I tend to apply this verse to my own life, I’m reminded this applies to each person’s life. This should cause us to live more urgently not just because OUR days are numbered but because THEIR days are too.
A Serious Challenge
Do you have a family member or friend who is an unbeliever?
Do you know someone who is struggling with their faith?
Don’t look back with regrets.
Let’s be men who lead courageously by taking the faithful step to have the God conversation – starting with those closest to us.