My first stereo was a record player with an eight track built in below. I typed my high school research paper on a type writer. The most advanced computer classes available for me in college was CAD and Word Perfect 2.1. I didn’t join social media until 2012 and my children mock me each time I pull out my ancient cell phone. As times have changed, I’m afraid that I have been left behind, now struggling to catch up.
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom, Psalm 90:12.
In the Old Testament, the average life expectancy was much lower than today. While royalty and the wealthy possessed the resources to extend life, dying in your twenties and thirties wasn’t uncommon. Thus, the Psalmist urged individuals to seize the day, making the most of the years God provides. Subsequently, the Bible details genealogies that include teenage marriages and pregnancies. Young women gave birth to most of their children before the age of thirty. As times changed, ancient believers sought a heart of wisdom to prevent being left behind.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps, Proverbs 16:9.
As I approach my 49th birthday next week, I have spent the last week reflecting on what I have done, where I have been and what I would like to do in the future. Yet, as I hold on to the things I have treasured from my past, time has passed me by. Resistant to change, I haven’t made the effort to keep up with technological advances. This oversight on my part has caused me to be left behind. As I open my mind to this painful reality, I pray that God gives me the energy and perseverance to make up for lost time. May the Lord direct your steps so that you obtain a heart of wisdom in the future.
by Jay Mankus