Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom - Psalms 90:12 NIV
I received a disturbing text this past Sunday while sitting at home. I was informed that one of our fraternity brothers had passed away. The irony of the moment was not lost on me. You see, Sunday was my birthday and I was in the process of celebrating it with my family when I received the text. I went by myself to our upstairs bedroom to reflect. He was young, not having reached 50 years old when he passed that Sunday afternoon. I remembered that I had spoken to him a few times over the phone, but not recently. The thing that I most remembered, and the thing that saddens me the most, is that I lived only an hour and a half away. I could have made a more concerted effort to stay in contact, and more importantly, driven the approximately 90 miles away to visit.
Men, why do events such as the one that I described above have to happen before we realize the importance of creating space in our lives for the things that matter most? All of us are going to have to travel this same path in our life. Shouldn't we take the time to reexamine our lives in an effort to determine what our priorities should be? I have been guilty of not taking the time to create more margin in my life so that I can spend more time in pursuit of the things that matter most, namely strengthening the relationship with God along with my family and friends. I want every person reading this blog (and I thank those who read this blog consistently for your support) to set aside time TODAY and develop a strategy by which you will make a concerted effort to recalibrate your life to utilize your time wisely in regard to relationships. The 90th Psalm discusses the brevity of life and how our daily pursuit of frivolous items is a waste of time at best. It instructs us to turn our attention to asking our God for the wisdom needed to live a life where we receive and heed the divine instruction given to us. My prayer is that each of us will properly number our days so that we can gain a heart of wisdom needed to live the life that God has called us to.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.