I am super-excited to share this guest post, “If We Had 400 Years”, written by my daughter, Scout Dempsey, who will turn 16 in just a few days. She saves the best for last, so read all the way down!
How would our lives be different if we lived four-hundred years? Many would probably marry later in life and have children later. Each year probably wouldn’t feel like a long time. Birthdays may not be such a big deal. You would have time to do just about anything you want at some point, you would become more experienced at your job and still have time to spend with family. After you retire, the time you have after retirement would be much longer and you could spend many years traveling and spending time with the people you love. A week would go by in the blink of an eye.
Kids might get to know their great great grandparents and much more of their family because people who live a lot longer would get to know their descendants. Families as a whole might even become closer because of older family members bringing them together. After a family member passes away a family can become discouraged and lose touch, but what if that didn’t happen in eighty or ninety years? What if it could be three-hundred and fifty or four-hundred? I think living longer would help families stay closer.
If you lived for four-hundred years just think about how many days you could spend helping the less fortunate, volunteering, and going on mission trips. You could effect thousands of lives. We never know how much of an impact we make on someone, but can you imagine four-hundred years of changing lives? Thinking about living that long really makes you understand that we’re not here very long and we should be working so hard to do the things that matter. Spend time with the people that are important to you and tell them whenever you can because you never know what could happen. We get so caught up in things that don’t matter to make ourselves “successful” or to be “popular” and we waste our time on Earth. Make everyday worth something. You never know when it could be your last. Its so easy to get in our everyday routine and cut out things that should be our first priorities.
“Was it a bad day, or a bad five minutes you milked all day?” This quote is something I really need to think about. If something happens I tend to think about it and let it ruin my day. Everybody has bad days from time to time, but we need to focus on the good things that happen throughout the day. Enjoy everyday and make the most of all of them.
Four-hundred years would be great, but we don’t have four-hundred years. Make the best of the years,weeks, and days you have. Spend time with your family and people you love. Remember you’ll never regret being nice to someone or making someones day. Do it as often as you can.
We don’t have 400 years. We aren’t even promised tomorrow. Words of wisdom from the Psalms remind us the “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.” (Psalm 144:4) and Psalm 90:12 ..”So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” We are here for such a fleeting time, but the impact we have upon eternity is up to us. Most of us won’t live to see 100, but we can make what time we do have count. It has to be a conscious decision. It is so easy to get distracted miss the mark. And there will be times when we it’s harder to make each day count…days when we feel like just surviving is the goal. But if we purpose in our hearts to try, we will succeed. Live each day to the fullest. Love hard. Remember the goal. You will never regret spending time with your family and the Lord, or investing in others less fortunate, or sharing the hope that is found only in the message of the Gospel. This world is not our home and one day we will see the fruits of our labors. Until then, lets live every day as if it were our last. It just might be.