“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
Throughout my life, I have found it incredibly easy to lose track of time. Recently, I purchased all 5 seasons of “The Walking Dead” and found myself binge watching the entire series…Like, in three weeks. Now, it’s an incredible show, but sometimes I become too enamored with what is less important that I miss out on what is of the greatest importance.
Have you ever found yourself spending your time, questioning what would be the best use of your days? Humanity often finds itself asking questions, questions about the meaning of existence. Whether you’re a college student wondering what you should do with your life, or you’re an adult who feels like you’ve lived for the wrong things for far too long, we are all moving along at the same beat of the clock. Time waits for no one, or so it’s said.
Lou Gehrig was one the most prolific baseball players to ever play the game. His career with the New York Yankees lasted from 1923 – 1939, in which he was a 7 time All-Star, a 6 time World Series champion, a two time AL MVP, a winner of the Triple Crown, the AL batting champion, and a three time AL home run leader. In other words, he was phenomenal. He died a legend.
Then there was a guy named Barry Bonds. I need not go into detail about all of his awards and success as a Major League Baseball player, because you most likely know this already. And yet, no one remembers Barry Bonds as a legend, an MLB great, and a role model for the next generation of ballplayers. Instead, he is remembered, and always will be remembered (as far as concerning his MLB career) as a cheater, a steroid user, a liar, and a face of the demise of baseball in America.
Lou Gehrig died at the age of 37 in 1941, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest icons in the game of baseball. Barry Bonds – who is presently 51 years old and *technically* holds the records for career home runs in MLB history – has left a legacy of being a fraud, a cheat, and a non-icon. Such different results from such different lives.
Lou – 37 years of life and an incredible legacy.
Barry – 51 years of life and counting, yet a tarnished legacy. Of course, he can still accomplish greatness with his life in other areas, yet his baseball career will always have that blemish.
As much as we all desire to live until we’re 100, we are not guaranteed tomorrow. And yet, when we use our time to live with a life devoted to God, character, honestly, integrity, and the desire to leave a lasting legacy for the next generation, we can make an incredible contribution to the world, whether in 20 years or 100.
What if we began looking at each day as an opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around us?
If we began dreaming of leaving a legacy that inspires others to know God and to live with purpose, how would that change our dreams?
May we live our lives, remembering that our days on this earth are numbered, and that all that will remain will be the legacy left behind us.