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03.14.18 | Michael's Corner | by Michael Ten Eyck

    Ps 90:9-12
    For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh. 10 The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. 11 Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you? 12  So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.  ESV


    It is frightening how quickly this year is flying by.  Palm Sunday is in two weeks. Easter Sunday is in three weeks.  The school district is entering the final quarter of school for the year.  

    As a family, we have begun the parade of “lasts” in terms of events for our oldest.  Last indoor track meet...last Mock Trial State...last track season…and the list goes on and on…

    Several numbers keep rolling around in my head, 936, 676, 312, and 208.

    936 was the number of weeks from birth until graduation…676 was the number of weeks from kindergarten to graduation.  312 is the number of weeks from Junior High to High School graduation and 208 is the number of weeks in High School.

    Now we are at roughly “12” for our oldest, “114” for our middle child, and “272” for our youngest.  “Time flies” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

    Many have said that with age comes wisdom, but I take issue with that statement, as I know several foolish individuals who are longed of tooth.  My brother-in-law said it best, “With age comes perspective. A wise person will take that perspective and both learn from it and apply what was learned.  A remarkable person will take that wisdom and share it with others.”

    As I think about those numbers, I must admit that it brings a soberness, considering what time may have been wasted, or at the least, not maximized.  The saying that, “Nothing brings progress like a deadline,” is often quite true.

    With this thought in mind,  I want to encourage us all to take a moment and reevaluate the intentionality of how we live and how we prioritize.  

    I believe God has given us tremendous blessings and tremendous responsibilities.  These responsibilities are to each other and to this generation.

    To each other in terms of love, support, accountability, and encouragement.  To this generation in terms of sharing Christ’s love and the Gospel.

    When we consider the ticking clock, we may be inspired to make the most of each opportunity we are afforded.  

    Let’s get busy!  

    Loving you all,
    Michael