The Christian Public Servant – “like a passing shadow”
June 30, 2016 – Thursday
Psalm 144:4 (ESV) Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.
II Kings 2:1-3 (NLT) When David’s time to die was near, he told his son Solomon, “I am going the way of all the earth. So be strong. Show yourself to be a man. Do what the Lord your God tells you. Walk in His ways. Keep all His Laws and His Word, by what is written in the Law of Moses. Then you will do well in all that you do and in every place you go.”
They call them new-agers or sometimes millennials. However they’re all part of Generation Y, which is just a little younger than Generation X. Young people, knowing so much, demanding so much, and expecting so much more than you think you did at their age. Truth is, you and I were like them just yesterday – maybe 10, maybe 20, maybe 30 years ago.
Scripture reminds us that when David was older, he began to see the frailty of human kind. He realized time passes faster with age. He started to realize his days were numbered – like a passing shadow. However, David saw his future with the God whom he loved and he desired to pass that love to the next generation.
And so it is with you and me. There was a time when we’d go to work and our youthful energy and short-sightedness would keep us from seeing life’s brevity. So we squandered so much, but with each passing year, we began to worry about our own frailty – become more cautious in our bets and wagers about the future. Yes, worry sets in. Soon enough so it will be the same with Generation Y. BUT it doesn’t have to be that way. Like David we can point the way and be an example to the next generation. We can be a guiding light.
So whether you are young or old at work today, when you see the young people without a care in the world, don’t be upset. Don’t be envious. In the midst of their laughter, demands, and expectations, take a moment and pray for their ability to see God’s wisdom and that God might use you to light the way for them. For Generation Y’s plight is no different than ours – brevity and frailty. They, too, will be like a passing shadow.
Today at work, pray they find out quickly – perhaps more quickly than yourself – that serving Jesus with all heart, mind, soul, and strength is the only consolation they will ever have for that brief frailty called life here on earth. Yes, pray that they find Jesus before their shadow passes.
Father, my time here on earth is short. Let me use it for Your glory so I may do Your work – in my workplace, with my colleagues both young and old, and in
my life. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Chaplain Chris Summers
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA