I took a little boy to camp yesterday. He talked non-stop from Mellette to Hitchcock. (that's almost an hour) When I told him we were a couple miles from the camp he began checking to see if he could fly or shoot fire from his hands because he was certain he was dreaming. You see he has been looking forward to this camp for almost a year now. He is certain it is going to be the greatest week of his 8 years here on earth. I hope he is right.
After I dropped him of and turned to make the homeward trek I began to think about 8-year old Doug. I was living in Wakonda at the time. I swam at the town pool, played at the two parks, and played baseball that summer. I would tag a long with my brother and his buddies as they fought Nazis, hunted crawdads in the creek, and lived out the movie The Sandlot. It struck me how many kids are missing those memories this summer. So many opportunities missed to be kids and explore their world. Pools are closed, baseball seasons are cancelled, vacations are on hold, and friends are separated. It made me glad that this little guy I was dropping off at camp had an opportunity to do a "normal" summer activity for even just a week.
Psalm 39 tells us that God has"made [our] days a handbreadth." That means not long, in case you didn't know. Each of our lives is a breath. Being such David is contemplating these years we have. He says, "Show me, O Lord, my life's end and the number of my days." (Psalm 39:4) It seems like a morbid thought to be wondering about your life's end, but David is asking to know when it will end so that he can make the most of the days that he has.
We don't know when that day will be, when our lives will end, but one thing we can do is to number the days that we do have; to live them with the gusto of an 8-year old going to camp. Each day we should pinch ourselves with the mere joy of knowing that today is another day we have here to do God's work that He has called us to.
One of my favorite lines from the book "The Fellowship of the Ring" is when Gandalf says, "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." It is so true, and no more than right now.
So today, what will you do with the time you have? It may be all you have.
P.S. Let me know if you can fly or shoot fire from your hands, because that would be AWESOME!