What has my life accomplished?
New Years Message -Psalm 90:10 - 103:15-18
Introduction: These verses state what we know to be true, life is short and will end. Very few people are remembered more than a few generations. Most even less.
Isaac Richardson was a man I met shortly after I went to Beaver, Utah. We became good friends because of our common interest in digging for ancient fossils. In fact that is how he made his living. Died a alone in the hospital in Delta, Utah of a heart attack, a pauper on September 1990. His only relative was a son would not even claim the body. There was no ceremony, no memorial and I am sure few people even think of him anymore. They gave his body to the Univ. of Utah and there is not even a grave with a marker to remember him by.
Yet, some men like George Washington will live for generations, father of the United States.
One thing they both had a common was a date with death. Why is one remembered and the other forgotten.
Even thoush the reality of death is all around us I believer sost people think they will live forever. They know they wonít, but do not want to face the reality that one day they will die so they live their lives ignoring the sure destiny the lies ahead.
READ: The Bible gives us a clear picture of how many live their lives. Psalm 49:6-14. With all my heart I wish this was not true, but it is isnít it? I was thinking about the message for today. We all like positive uplifting messages don't we? But with ever uplifing teaching in God's word is it contrast with the negative side of situations. a. Wealth is material things. They past away. Yet some trust is in these things. b. Yet, no matter what wealth a man has, as Psa. 49:& says, he cannot redeem his brother nor himself. He has no randsom to give to God for him. c. Man sees others die, wise men, fools, kind men and cruel men....and he notes that they all leave the same. d. Yet, sadly, they want to leave something behind, they want to be remembered. People name things after themselves clearly wanting to be remembered. I have noticed that streets names are often changed to reflect some current popular person. But as time passes people do not remember who the person was the street was named after. Where my wife Carolyn was raised there is a road called Billy-Buck Lane. These are the first names of the two brother who once owned the land.
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