By Josh Hunt
This summer's project is to take my old VHS tapes of the family growing up and convert them to DVD. I bought a box at Wal-mart that does it with the press of two buttons. I set the machine beside me, project the image on the living room TV and, as I go about my work, images of my children growing up have been playing before me all summer long. I am right now watching Dawson, who is 19, a sophomore in college, struggling with a call to ministry and dating a serious girlfriend play T-ball. I have watched images of Dustin, who will start driving this year, in preschool. My daughter will turn 8 next week. I forgot what a beautiful baby she was.
It has given me a profound awareness of the brevity of life and how quickly time passes. It is really true what the Bible says:
life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. Psalm 39:4-5 [NIV]
my bones burn like glowing
embers. Psalm 102:3 [NIV]
the work of him who sent me.
Night is coming, when no one
can work. John 9:4 [NIV]
In most Sunday Schools, we need a serious dose of passion. We need a serious dose of urgency. We need to work for the night is coming.
Still, I want to be respectful of those who disagree with my position on this matter. But there is any truth to the idea that the work that God has assigned me to do just might not get done at all if I don't do it, then it heightens my sense of urgency to work for the night is coming.
(This column was originally published in Summer 2005.)
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