Something happens when we turn 40. We begin to realize that we are not going to accomplish all the things we thougth we would when we were 20. We realize we have limits on our time, and thus, limits on what we can realistically expect to accomplish with our remaining years.
For some, this realization leads to a so-called mid-life crisis. It can lead to discouragement and even dispair as we begin to sense time slipping by at an ever quickening pace, while our dreams and goals continue to elude us.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. God’s plan is not for us to lament the passing of time, but rather to use the passing of time as a prompting to make the best of our remaining years. In Psalm 90, Moses prayed “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Moses realized his time was running out. But instead of letting that thought drive him to dispair, he used it as a prompting 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.