Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”— before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;
Ecclesiastes 12:1-2 NIV
Under normal circumstances, our youth is a time of vibrancy and energy. As the colorful flowers bloom in the spring, full of life and drenched with promise, so are we when we’re in the prime of our lives. It’s a time when we are most zealous, eager, and ready to take on the world. It’s a time of building, learning, and growing. When we’re young, our strength seems to be unfailing, and whatever opportunity life presents, we’re ready to meet with it, face to face. Youthfulness is truly a blessing.
Unfortunately, we can’t stay young forever. Time will not permit it. One day, if the Lord allows, we will all venture into that place of old-age. There will come a time when our spring will end and our winter season will obnoxiously push its way in. Our days will become longer, colder, and darker. The spark that once illuminated our eye like a firecracker in the night, will begin to fade and become dim. Tiredness will start to settle in and joints will begin to ache. Flesh will begin to fail and illness and disease will begin to lurk around every corner. For most people, getting older is a blessing, but it’s also a burden. But it’s one of the many sitpulations of this life.
Even in the best shape and optimal health, there are some things we just can’t do in our latter years that we were able to do in our former days. We grow physically tired, aches and pains limit us, and sickness hinders us from serving God in the way that we imagine in our heart. That’s why if you’re still young and blessed with a reasonable portion of good health and strength, the time to give God your best is right now – whether you’re eighteen or fifty-five. If you still have the strength, use it for God’s glory.
Remember who has given you your strength. Remember who has given you your health and the ability to think on your feet. Do all you can for the Lord while you’re still able. Serve God and give Him your all while you’re still in the height of His blessings. So, when you come to the end of your life and reflect on the many good works He has performed through you, you might be as the Apostle Paul and say without a shadow of regret, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” (2 Timothy 4: 6-7).
Lord, Thank you for your uncountable blessings. I acknowledge that everything good I have comes from you and everything I am is because of you. Help me to use the blessings you have provided me not for my own selfish pleasures, but to serve you while in the peak of my health and strength. And Lord, I will praise you and tell of your many good works in my latter days.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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