Counting up or counting down

I remember when I was in high school I would think about what life would be like in 20, 30, 40 years.  I remember looking forward to being 18 and 21, looking forward to having kids, and joking about leaving my 20’s when I turned 30.  It was always counting up and looking forward.  Somewhere along the way we start counting down.  I was talking to a friend the other day who is a pastor and he was talking about the possibility of staying long enough to retire from the church he is serving.  As I was thinking about today’s blog, I reflected back to that conversation and it struck me that he is counting down. (Although he might argue that he is looking forward to retirement.)

Now that I’ve hit 50, I wonder if I’m beginning to count down.  I can see where getting to the point of counting down can be a good thing, especially if you are not a Christian.  It’s strange that most people who are Christians become Christians as a child.  I would think when you start counting down that you would be searching harder for the truth about life and life after death.  When you’re counting up, you feel like you have nothing but time.  When you’re counting down, you realize time is fleeting.  Some people who are counting up find the end of this life long before they anticipated.  Others who are counting down sometimes find the end doesn’t come quick enough if they are ill.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 reminds us there is a time for everything.

How much time we have left is not important if we’re Christians.  As Christians, we don’t need to dread or fear counting down or leaving this life as we’re counting up, because we believe we are headed for something much better.  I pray that whether you’re counting up or counting down, that you count yourself among those who don’t need to worry about when your time comes.  It’s never too early or too late to accept the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.  If you’re reading this, it’s not too late and you’re not too far gone.  If you’re not sure how or if you qualify, you can read or listen to the Romans Road here.

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1 Response to Counting up or counting down

  1. David Cartwright says:

    “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Thanks for the words of wisdom, and for reminding me of where I am in the journey.

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