“The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:10, 12)

“… redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Eph. 5:16-17)

Some live for many years but at the end have little or nothing to show for them. Take out the wasted hours, hours of drowsy lethargy, hours of luxurious sloth and hours of self-indulgence, and only a few hours of real life are left. There are men who will be seventy next birthday but who have only lived six months out of the whole time.

Others live for only a few years, but they have crowded them with strenuous, noble life . . . They have treasured the moments with frugal and miserly care . . . What books they have read! What deeds they have done! What ministries they have initiated! What friends they have made! What characters they have built up! They have lived long. They will be thirty next birthday, but in those few years they have lived the life that most men live in sixty years.” (F.B. Meyer, Joseph, CLC Publications, p.115)