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 excitement and energy. As fresh 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.
But, unfortunately, we can’t stay young forever. Time will not permit it. One day, if the Lord allows, we will all venture into the darkest part of our golden years.
There will come a time when our spring will end and our winter season will obnoxiously push its way in.
Our days may 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 may begin to settle in and joints may start to ache. Flesh may begin to fail and illness and disease will begin to lurk around every corner.
Yes, it sounds depressing, but it’s the truth.
Getting older is a blessing, but it can also be a burden. Unfortunately, it’s just one of the many stipulations of this contract we have with life.
Even in the best shape and optimal health, there are some things we just cannot do in our latter years that we were able to do in our former days.
We may grow physically tired, aches and pains may limit us, and sickness hinders us from serving God in the way that we imagine in our heart.
That’s why if you still contain any ounce of strength and are blessed with a reasonable portion of good health, the time to serve God and give Him your all is right now – whether you’re eighteen or sixty-five and beyond. If you still have the strength, use it for God’s glory rather than for meaningless things.
Run from temptation and have no company with evil. Avoid worthless distractions that are only good for pulling you away from God.
It’s easy to center your life on Him when you remember He is the one who has given you your strength; when you remember He is the one who has given you your health and the ability to operate in your right mind.
Even if you’re no longer a budding flower, it’s not too late to start laboring for God today, wherever you are in life. The only time it will be too late is after you take that final breath.
Don’t give regret the satisfaction of sneaking up on you at the end.
Tomorrow is not promised. Do all you can for the Lord while you’re still able. Serve God and do good while you can offer Him the most.
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 many blessings. I acknowledge that everything good I have comes from you and everything I am is because of you. Help me to use what 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 until the end of my days.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.