A skydiving instructor was going through the question and answer period with his new students when one of them asked the usual question always asked: “If our ‘chute doesn’t open, and the reserve doesn’t open, how long would we have till we hit the ground?” The jump master looked at him and in perfect deadpan answered: “The rest of your life.”
Each one of us could probably ask that question in one form or another. The reality is, none of us knows when our “chute” will fail, and our time on earth will come to an end. But we do know what we have left: the rest of our lives.
So the big question is, what are you doing with the rest of your life? I remember talking to someone several years back who was consumed with his job, and he said, with the best of motives I think, that he wanted to spend the first half of his life making a lot of money so he could retire early and spend the second half giving it all away. My question to him was, how do you know when you reach half-time?
The psalmist said it this way: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) In other words, since we can’t count our days, we need to make our days count. We must start doing what we want to do with our lives now, since this is the only “rest of our lives” we’ll ever have.
So, what is is that you plan to do “one of these days”? Spend more time with your family? Now’s the time. Get in shape? Why wait? It’ll never get any easier. Walk with God on a deeper, more consistent level? Don’t put off a blessing you’ll never regret.
You do realize that you have never been closer to the end of your life than now, don’t you? I just wanted to encourage you with that. Since your time is running out, it’s time to get on with it and become that person you’ve always wanted to be. As George Eliot once said, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
Have a blessed rest of your life! I’ll see you Sunday.