all the time in the world
Read 2 Timothy 2:22 to learn about four things to pursue instead of youthful longings. Read Proverbs 20:29 for a contrast between the strengths of young and old people.
Why should we guard against taking our younger years for granted? How might you ‘remember God’ in your life today?
Do you remember me?” A pause. Vacant eyes. My mother was speaking to Betty, a fellow churchgoer from years past, who now lived at a local nursing home. My mom tried again. “Do you remember my husband? He’s right here.” Betty responded with an excited “Yes,” followed by a look of confusion. As the two women talked, Betty’s mind faded in and out.
Betty’s condition illustrates what the Bible says about our years here on earth. Old age may limit us in some ways (Ecclesiastes 12:3). On the other hand youth is a time of opportunity and possibility. And, believe it or not, the Bible encourages young people to have a good time. Solomon said, “It’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in” (Ecclesiastes 11:9).
There’s just one catch. Solomon balanced his message with this thought: “Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). Specifically he urged young people to remember God “before the door to life’s opportunities is closed” (Ecclesiastes 12:4), while they were still able to work, before fear overwhelmed them and while they still had energy to serve God (Ecclesiastes 12:5).
The second half of Solomon’s message is important because young people often think they have all the time in the world. Because they are wealthy with the resource of time, they may spend it carelessly.
To guard against this, we can dedicate our younger years to serve passionately within the church, found and foster new ministries, or become globetrotters for God. Regardless of the mission, we need to honor God in our youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1), so that later in life our gray hair will be a crown of glory, achieved by living a godly life (Proverbs 16:31).
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: John 7:32-53
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