The Earth-Shaking Calculator Trick
Take a calculator; type in the number “78.” Now subtract your current age from that number and press the “=” button. Now take that number and multiply it by 365. Look at the number that the calculator spits out. What do you think it represents?
Our Amazing Bucket Lists
After considering our mortality, many of us begin feeling a greater urgency to launch into the following:
- Vigorously expressing our love to friends & family
- Desperately searching for true love like never before
- Writing that bucket list of exciting things to accomplish
- Traveling more
- Trying to work harder at reaching the life goals we’ve set
Yet notice the common problem with the items on the previous list: Although all are important, each of these items is equally as temporal as our own lives. The value doesn’t last beyond the grave.
Looking Beyond Death
Consider this: Before you focus all your efforts on building an empire that will turn to rust, think beyond this life. The balance in your bank accounts will eventually be transferred to someone else, and every person who contributes to your transient fame will eventually pass on. The only way to find something of value that doesn’t dwindle away to nothing is to think eternally. And here is where I’ll make my pitch: I believe that we all should place premium value on pursuing our relationship with God — the only thing we can take with us when we die. For this very reason, I will never feel ashamed of my interest in spiritual things. Why should I be concerned about the opinions of mortals who will certainly disintegrate to dust by the turn of the century just like I will?
The Magic Number: 78
I’ll leave you with some excellent counsel from King Solomon: “Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies — so the living should take this to heart.” (Ecclesiastes 7:2) P.S. Did you know that the average lifespan for an American is 78 years?
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