Monday, August 23, 2010


"So teach us to number out days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12

Security is over of the more basic human needs, the second tier of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, ranking just before physiological needs. Or more pointedly, security is important to humans.

We all use different things to fulfill this need for security, a job, family, money, self confidence, health, even solitude. But, whatever our drug of choice, it all fails at some point. We lose our job unexpectedly, we go into a recession, our loved ones abandon us or die, we get cancer. There is no secure wall that cannot be breached.

But God (aren't those great words?) teaches us this life is indeed as fleeting as a blade of grass or a flower, but that is not cause for fear. Rather it simply changes where we find out security. It teaches us, as we build our protective wall, to be more discriminating in our materials, choosing something that will outlast all of this.

Life is short--how do you choose to end that sentence? Whatever you choose, there is wisdom to be found in recognizing our mortality. The greatest understanding comes to us when we recognize the fleeting nature of our existence, just ask someone who is dying. But we don't have to wait until our death bed to find wisdom and clarity. For a moment ignore the lie that what is "now" will last forever, and look at your life in terms of the millions of years (or thousands, if you prefer) that have come before and will likely come after, and think a little bit about what truly lasts.
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