Proverbs 27:1 (ESV) – “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”
Luke 9:23-25 (ESV) – “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?”
These two sections of scripture are very powerful. One was given by a wise king – and it seems almost so obvious that it doesn’t merit concentrated attention. The other was from another King, the Son of David.
Yesterday I noticed that a former Intel CEO, Paul Otellini, passed away in his sleep at an age that is very meaningful to me: sixty-six. I noticed his age at death because the number is equal to my age. I guess when you get to be 66 years old you read obituaries with more interest. I read obituaries asking myself questions like:
“Who or what did this person love and what is their legacy?”
“Are their family members mentioned and if so are they like the deceased?”
“Did they use their time, talents and treasures for something lasting?”
“Were they known for giving or for taking?”
I woke up this morning, but I am not certain I will make it through this day. However, if I make it through this day I hope I will be able to make a difference in the lives of some specific people. The plans are made, but there is no guarantee that I will accomplish what I believe I should do. Tomorrow certainly isn’t a guarantee.
I want to follow my King. He lost His life for me.