Read: Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14
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.” Ecclesiastes 12:1
This is an interesting Bible read for this guy who recently turned sixty. As we age, we begin to reflect on life; the good, and the bad, and everything in between.
Many older people I talk to speak about regrets in their lives – unfulfilled dreams, fears and (yes, even) aches and pains. As we age, we think about dreams that never happened, mistakes we have made, the big one that got away, and, in many cases, our own mortality.
In this passage, I believe Solomon is telling us that we should live while we’re dying.
If you know country music, this may sound a lot like Tim McGraw’s song, “Live Like You Were Dying.” The notable revisions are the words “while” and “are”—live while you are dying. By changing this statement around a little, I have chosen to focus on the Biblical truth that all people are appointed to die.
So, you don’t have to live like you are dying because your body is actually dying at this very moment. It’s more accurate to say you need to live while you are dying. In this passage, Solomon shares two exhortations that will enable us to live while we’re dying.
When it comes to years of life, it’s still a matter of quality over quantity. It’s better to add life to your years than to add years to your life. We need to live life fully every day. In the movie Braveheart (which I have actually seen!!), William Wallace said, “Every man dies, but not every man really lives.” This is a rather Biblical assessment of life. The Bible declares that we will all die, yet many of us miss out on the abundant life that God offers us. Don’t let that happen to you. Live while you are dying!!
The playwright, George Bernard Shaw once said, “Youth is such a wonderful thing. It’s a shame to waste it on young people.” Shaw was right. Young people are typically either driven to a fault or lazy to a fault. It’s rare to find a balance in children and teens. Consequently, it’s easy for young people to squander their youth and fail to rejoice during their formative years.
When I was in middle school, I wanted to be in high school. When I was in high school, I wanted to be in college. When I was in college, I wanted to be married, and so on and so forth. One of the most difficult issues in life is contentment.
Young people, enjoy your life. I command you, the Bible commands you, “REJOICE!” Rejoice now, while you can.
Father, thank you for this life you have given me. Forgive me when I want to dwell and think on things that could have been. Help me to live this life, whatever and however long it may be. I choose this day to live this day to the fullest. Thank you God!! A-men.