Daily Devotional for June 29, 2021

There are three large whiteboard calendars hanging on the wall in the Dennis Hall breakroom.  They make planning future church events much easier.

Yesterday, as I ate lunch in the breakroom, Breana was staring at one of the calendars.  In a voice filled with dismay, she said, “Oh no!  In a few weeks, I’ll be 25.  I feel so old!”

I fired her.

I felt bad about firing her because I like her and she has been doing a great job for our children, but she had it coming. 

No one in their right mind would complain about turning 25, when their boss is in his late fifties.  That’s a recipe for disaster.

Fortunately, after a few minutes of pouting, whining, and crying, I got over my temper tantrum and rehired her. 

None the less, Briana’s insensitive, hurtful, and borderline insubordinate comment about getting old, got me thinking.

Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw is credited with saying, “Youth is wasted on the young.”  Truer words were never spoken.

I can still clearly remember when I was young.  I made every bonehead mistake on the planet – twice.  I praise God I was an idiot before the age of the internet and iPhones.

Now that I’m old and have all this wisdom because of all my mistakes, I am too tired to do anything about it.  I got my wisdom at the wrong end of the spectrum.  In my case, George Bernard Shaw was right.

Having said that, I wonder how much time I have wasted?  Have I made the most of it?

The psalmist said, “The days of a human life are like grass: they bloom like a wildflower; but when the wind blows through it, it’s gone; even the ground where it stood doesn’t remember it.”  (Psalm 103 15-16 CEB)

Knowing that I have limited time and a whole lot of accumulated wisdom, I’m going to do better.  I’m going to make it count.

How about you?

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me use my time wisely.  I pray my time in this world makes a difference for your kingdom.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Time will run out for each of us.  Make it count.

Also, just for the record, I have boots that are older than Briana.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins