|作者簡介 鮑勃和黛比·蓋斯 Bob and Debby Gass 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師出生於北愛爾蘭貝爾法斯特，十八歲移居美國。 在他服事主超過四十多年後，於1992年開始著手寫The Word For You Today“得力的一天”。 他的靈修文章善於激勵與啟迪人心，更幫助許多讀者每日倚靠主、與主同行。 The Word For You Today“得力的一天”，最初在美國發行， 後來經由英國UCB電台的推廣，目前除了英國、澳洲，在全世界各地有不同的語言版本， 每季發行超過三百五十萬冊。 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師希望藉由每日的靈修小品， 使讀者得著神的啟示與靈感，更深切的渴慕神的話。|
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE?
“My entire lifetime is just a moment.
After examining his patient, the doctor told him, “I have some bad news for you, and some really bad news.” Shocked, the patient asked, “What's the bad news?” The doc-
tor said, “You have twenty-four hours to live.” The patient said, “Well, I guess it can't get
any worse, so what's the really bad news?” The doctor replied, “The really bad news is that I should have called you yesterday.” Seriously, the Bible says, “Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty…soon they disappear” (Ps 90:10 NLT). The average man lives into his mid-seventies and the average woman into her mid-eighties. So if you're a man, take your age and deduct it from seventy-five. And if you're a woman, take your age and deduct it from eighty-five. Whatever number of years you're left with, multiply those by 365 and you'll know how many “days” you have left. But don't stop there. Take some sheets of paper and cut them up into little squares. Number each of them, and then put them in a box. That way you'll know “[your] days are numbered” (Ps 39:4 NLT). Then each morning take a square out of the box, roll it up, and toss it into the trash can. That little exercise will remind you that your days are getting shorter and time's running out. What- ever you plan to do for yourself, your family and friends, and the kingdom of God, you'll have a new urgency in doing it. Poet Charles Thomas Studd wrote, “Only one life, 'twill soon be past; only what's done for Christ will last.”
Ps 39:5 NLT
Psalm 39:5 (NLT)
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.”