An older couple woke after a good night’s sleep. The wife says “Don’t touch me.”
“Why not?” the husband asks.
She answers, “Because I’m dead.”
The husband says, “What do you mean? We’re lying here in bed talking. What makes you think you’re dead?”
She says “Because I woke up this morning and nothing hurts.”
Those who are older would understand that joke. Ecclesiastes 12 gives a description of the breakdown of the body in old age. It describes the inability to sleep well, the loss of sight and hearing and the steady loss of bodily strength.
In light of these inevitable signs of aging God gives the admonition “Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth, before the evil days come when thou shalt say I have no pleasure in them.” God warns us that our days of full strength are limited and we need to use them carefully.
Study Ecclesiastes 12 if you want some good motivation to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.