December must have been a cold but loving month. There must have been a lot of cuddling by the fireplace in that I know quite a few people that were born in September.
I was born on September 26, 1941. My wife was born on the 30th. Our Associate Pastor, Lou Grillo was born on the 29th. I share the same birth date, though not the same year, with Bayardo Guevara, a faithful man of God that serves at our Las Vegas Revival Center (Wellspring Central Campus). I don’t have room to name all of our friends and acquaintances that are born this month.
The wonderful thing is that most of them are still alive and are serving the Lord with gladness.
Birthday’s come and birthday’s go with a surprisingly regular and rapid succession. What we do with the time in between each one is something to reflect on. Someone once said that tombstones have a dash (-) between the date of birth and the date of departure and that the “dash” is what matters.
What does your “dash” look like? Have you pursued your dreams with determination, dedication and purpose? I pray so. It is divine to dream but hell on earth to lose your dream. Dreams are what life is made of. Dreams set the course of life and give purpose to our existence during our “dash”.
An ancient philosopher and one of the richest men on earth once said, “Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind.” Ecclesiastes 2:17 (NKJV) He was frustrated with accumulating wealth that would eventually be left to another. He had it all and he had experienced it all and was still empty inside. His “dash” was “vanity.”
He finalized the review of his “dash” this way, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all” Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NKJV). In other words, after all is said and done, the only thing that really matters is one’s relationship with God and what was done to honor Him.
How is your “dash?” Is it “vanity” or are you living a life that honors your Creator? Don’t you think it’s time to put God in your “dash?” He is only a prayer away:
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:8-10 (NKJV)