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‘…seventy…or…eighty years…pass quickly…’ Psalm 90:10 NCV

Our souls aren’t hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Those things create as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning. We want our lives to matter. The Psalmist writes, ‘Our lifetime is seventy years or, if we are strong, eighty…’ (Psalm 90:10 NCV) Eighty years is just under 30 000 days. Think about that in financial terms: $30 000 will buy you a car or make a deposit on a house. It’s not that much moneyand it’s not that much time. None of us knows how many years we’ve left, but we know how many we’ve been given till now. If you were to draw a line and add them up, eternally speaking, what would you have to show for your life? Job said, ‘My days fly faster than a weaver’s shuttle…’ (Job 7:6 NLT); ‘…they flee away…’ (Job 9:25 NAS) Bryan Wilkerson says: ‘Teens count the number of friends they have, the number of colleges they get into. College students count grade points…credit hours…how many countries they’ve visited… Adults measure success by the number of bedrooms in their house, cars in the garage…or the yield on their investments. Most make two mistakes…they think they’ve so much [time] they can afford to waste it, or so little time they can’t possibly do something significant, so they don’t try. Our days are like suitcasesall the same sizebut some can pack more into them than others. ‘A person who chases fantasies has no sense.’ (Proverbs 12:11 NLT) Numbering your days means offering them to God and seeking His direction for your life.’

SoulFood: Malachi 1-4, Matt 1:1-6a, Ps 128, Pr 31:10-13

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