Yes, You Do Have Enough Time…
In a recent podcast, David Crosby of the legendary rock band of the 60’s and 70’s, “Crosby, Stills, & Nash” commented about his mortality and wasted years.
“We don’t have anywhere near enough time. I didn’t start figuring out who I was until I was in my 50s. Yeah. And here I am, just now finally having adjusted my life to where I’m happy most of the time — and I’m gonna die. ... You know, it’s very tough. I got a dozen things that I still want to learn. There’s like three languages, two sections of history, at least five sciences, and I’ve got a wish list of places I want to see, experiences that I want to have … And no time. And it’s worse than that — I wasted years of time that I could have now to use, if I hadn’t wasted them.
So here I am looking at death. You have a feeling about your own mortality. Everybody does. My feeling is that it’s probably imminent. I am not likely to live too much longer. And so, what does that do? Well, it makes you want to get a whole lot … done. I’m singing every day.
I am not as distressed by the death part as I am by the lack of time.”
A growing number of "transhumanists" are convinced that in time, human beings can be transformed through bioengineering, and that aging will be curable just like any other malady. In light of rapid gains in gene editing, nanotechnology, and robotics, some futurists expect this generation's biohackers to double their life spans. Aubrey de Grey, a regenerative medicine researcher backed by tech mogul Peter Thiel, insists that someone alive today will live to be 1,000. "It's extraordinary to me that it's such an incendiary claim," de Grey says. Korean physician and financier Joon Yun has offered two $500,000 prizes to anyone who can restore a test animal's youthful heart rate and who can extend its lifespan by 50 percent. For humans, the mortality rate at age 20 is 0.001 percent, Yun figures, "so if you could maintain the homeostatic capacity of that age throughout your life, your average life span would be 1,000.”
There is no question that time goes fast and seems short. There is no question that mismanaged and wasted time can cause a certain kind of anxiety and regret as a person ages. But 1,000 years in this world, no thank you! It is only in light of eternity that life and time find a right perspective in the bigger purpose of God. That is why we must view our lives and our time as appointed by God and make the most of the time we have been given. No amount of regret changes our past and no amount of anxiety extends our future in this life. The ultimate goal in of earthly life is not to live longer, but to live according to God’s eternal purposes. The Bible teaches that our time is in His hand and was set in motion even before we were born. Further, you do have enough time to do what you were created to do. Listen to these words from Psalm 139:16 “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” In a topsy-turvy world it is comforting to know that our Heavenly Father designed our life map. Maybe you’ve squandered some of it, don’t fret. Just get on board now and spend the rest of your life walking with Him and in accord with His great plan. Or maybe you’re young and just moving into the prime of life. Now is the time to align yourself with the plans and purposes God created you for. May it be said of us, what was said of David… “For David, after serving God’s purpose in his own generation, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers…” (Acts 13:36) And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!