“Seventy years are given to us! Some may even reach eighty. But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we are gone.... Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in Wisdom” (Psa. 90).
A recent letter in the newspaper reminds us of a proper view of life, as our brother and mentor Moses passes on to us in the Psalm above. While Moses speaks of the Truth relating to the proper expectations of seasons of life, the following letter speaks of the experience of one who had NOT had previous understanding of what Moses has said to us, by the Holy Spirit:
“Sometimes you feel lonely and unloved in a marriage or relationship—even after twenty-three years. You feel as if there’s got to be more to life, so you set out to find someone or something that will make you truly happy. You believe you have found that or can find that, and pack up and say good-bye to the life and relationships you have built in those years.
“You live the glorious life for a few years, and then, a light bulb goes on in your empty head. You realize that you have EXACTLY the life you had before—the only difference is that you’ve lost your friends, your children’s respect, and the love that you had and shared for all of those years. And you miss them.
“You realize that love doesn’t just happen, it must be nurtured and cared for and invested in through the years. You cannot undo what has been done, so you settle for the lonely and loveless life with emptiness in your heart.
“Please print my letter so others won’t give up something that is truly precious—and let them know that they may not know how precious it is until they have thrown it away.”
“Seventy years are given to us! Some may even reach eighty. But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we are gone.... Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in Wisdom.”
We are... “sent out to tell others about the Life He has promised us through faith and total trust in Christ Jesus.”
“He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His Plan, long before the world began—to show His love and kindness to us through Christ Jesus.”
“With the help of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard what has been entrusted to you.”