What did you want to be when you grew up? Were you ever asked that question as a child? It was a wonderful question at a wonderful time- when the future was bright and full of endless possibilities. Do you remember the answers? My young Kindergarten colleagues were fire-fighters, teachers, policemen, doctors, scientists, astronauts, veterinarians, engineers, and even fighter pilots. I was sure I was going to be a marine biologist- caring for sick dolphins and whales in the wild.
If you have a young child, you should ask them what they want to be! There is something incredibly beautiful and hopeful in their answers. One key characteristic unites what otherwise may appear to be a diverse set of answers. As young human beings- we want to make a difference with our lives. We want our lives to matter and make the world better. Whether helping humans or horses, we have a basic instinct to be a source of joy for others.
But then life has a way of speeding up. Time used to crawl; now it flies by. Weeks and months come and go. Years cycle by, as do decades. What we do during this time is of utmost importance- yet so often our dreams of making a difference are shelved in favor of the tyranny of the urgent. We don’t see the opportunities right in front of our faces, see the value in what we do, and make the most of it.
So is there a way to reclaim our days? To make the most of every opportunity? To get back to the kind of care-free mentality we had when we were young? I believe there is, and the secret to it is found in a 3500 year old psalm. Psalm 90 is the oldest Psalm that we know of, and it was penned by Moses- likely when Israel was wondering around in the desert. There are some fascinating insights in this psalm that help us get back to a mentality that is grounded in reality. Reality that we all see and know instinctively, but that tends to be whisked away from us as we get older.
Join us online this Sunday at 10:15 as we study these inspired words of Moses that can give us inspiration today. Have a great weekend- stay safe- and I look forward to seeing you online!
-Pastor Nathan Rice