Psalm 90:10, 12

Who hasn’t felt a surge of anticipation while mentally standing on tiptoe, straining to see what lies ahead? Even the writers of a weekly news magazine tried to look beyond today. They didn’t try many predictions, but they did ask some sweeping questions. Among them:

  • Is America in retreat?
  • Will our nation regain its trust?
  • Is public education doomed?
  • Can the world be fed?
  • Has terror become the new normal?
  • Is there any cause for hope?

That last one is really the root issue, isn’t it? Unless we have hope, it could mean some pretty dismal years in front of us. Shakespeare’s “seeds of time” might very well be scattered and dangerously thinned out by the next century.

But let’s limit our thoughts to something we can handle. Most of us must admit those news magazine questions are far too complicated for us to answer quickly. We need a bite-size chunk to chew on.

Okay then, how about that unit called your family ... now there’s something worth thinking about beyond today. Where are you going? What’s your game plan for the next 10 years? Given any thought to specific objectives you want to reach? How about selecting your priorities? You say there’s no hurry? I challenge that. These 10 years will literally fly by. A decade from now you’ll rip the May sheet off your calendar wondering, “How did 10 years go by so fast?”

Consider closely the words of this wise sage:

70 years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away ... Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom (Psalm 90:10, 12).

Perhaps it’s time to invite the Lord to show you ways to make the next 10 years much better than the 10 previous years! Pursuing His wisdom is what matters most—both for you and for your family. Are you ready to make some changes? There really is not that much time.


Devotional content taken from Good Morning, Lord ... Can We Talk? by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright ©2018. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries. All rights reserved.