500 Days Left?

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The passing of George Steinbrenner, long time owner of the New York Yankees, on the eve of the Major League All Star Game is the buzz of all the sports world. He changed the baseball world in the free agent era by offering huge amounts of money for the best players to come and play for him. If you followed baseball at all as a baby boomer, he is a sports icon who is now gone. George Steinbrenner is dead of a heart attack at the age of 80.

How many more days of life do you have? If you listen to author Tim Hansel, he says you may not have as much time as you think. Hansel says, “ If you are over the age of 35 you have 500 days left to live.” The thesis of the 500 days is when you subtract the time you spend sleeping, working, tending to hygiene, odd chores, medical matters, eating, traveling and miscellaneous time stealers, in the next 35 years you are looking at roughly the equivalent of 500 days left to spend as you wish. About a year and a half to do with as you want. That is a sobering thought.

No wonder Jesus told Martha to chill out and focus on her time with him. “Martha , Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things ; there is need of only one thing. (Luke 10:41,42)” Jesus tells Martha to relax and hang out with him, that is all that is necessary at that moment.

A mentor asked me two questions several months ago that have changed how I live. The first was “How do you spend your time in an average week?” The second question was, ”How would you like to spend your time ?” I invite you to embrace these two questions. If you reflect upon the answers to these questions, asking Jesus to guide you into the wisdom to embrace the faithful answer, you too will find your life transformed. If you dwell with Jesus on these questions you will only grow closer to the Lord.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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