It's difficult for most people to come to terms with the fact that they're getting older. I don't mean just acknowledging another birthday has gone by, but facing the fact that you just can't do what you used to do. The mind might be willing, but the body tells a different story. The author of the ancient book of Ecclesiastes addresses this subject in the closing chapters of his journal. He instructs his readers not to wait until later in life to take their relationship with Christ seriously.
When Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1994, he gave a great speech, and at the end, he looked into the camera and said, “I know I begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life.” Listen, we’ve all begun the journey that leads us into the sunset of our lives. It’s a journey that began the moment we were born, and it goes by faster than we could have imagined.
It occurs to me that we spend a lot of time preparing for retirement but little for life beyond. Solomon is looking back and lamenting about the wasted time he spent going his own way. Don’t wait until someday to think about what will happen to you. God is saying to each of us, “Remember me while you still have the opportunity.” We are all going to stand before Christ to give an account of what we did with our lives, so make every day count!
Pastor Brian Richard