Beyond The 78.2

14 Apr

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There are plenty of things in life that don’t last very long…

-When stored at 40 degrees Fahrenheit and not left out of the refrigerator for extended time periods, milk should last approximately 5-7 days past the “sell by” date.

-The Beatles—arguably the greatest band of all time—broke up after only 10 years as a band. Granted, they did some impressive work in such a short time (they recorded 13 original albums, spearheaded the British Invasion, and for a time were self-heralded as “more popular than Jesus”). But still… 10 years!

-In 1998, Ryan Sutter was a mainstay on the Carolina Panther’s practice team until he got the nod to suit up against the Jets in late November. During the opening kickoff, he sustained a shoulder injury that put him out of commission for the season. He was cut by the Panthers and would never play in an NFL game again. Sutter played a grand total of one play in the NFL.

There are plenty of things that don’t last very long… ourselves included: on average, we live 78.2 years.

We have 78.2 years to make our mark on this world. Sure, there are some people that end up in the history books who will be remembered by posterity for writing great books, winning important battles, or making scientific discoveries, but the vast majority of us will live out our 78.2 years in relative obscurity.

Want to make an impact on the world that lasts long after you do? Leave a godly legacy:

He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel,

which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,

that the next generation might know them,

the children yet unborn,

and arise and tell them to their children,

so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments.

(Psalm 78:5-8)

A hundred years from now, you and I will be long gone, but we can make an impact by investing in people and modeling godly manhood. If you have kids, pour into those kids. Use every opportunity to point them to Jesus, shower them with love, and spend quality time with them. If you’re married, model what it means to be a good husband by cherishing, protecting, and sacrificially serving your wife every day of your life. If you don’t have a wife or kids, find someone in your church who maybe is lacking a father in their life or could benefit from your experience. Become a patriarch.

Use your 78.2 years to create a legacy that lasts.

-Dave Wonders

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Yes, “David Wonders” is his real name. Dave is  a husband, a father, and the midday host at 104.3 The Pulse (thepulse.mn). Somehow he finds time to read absurd numbers of books.  Connect with Dave onTwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Klout.

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One Response to “Beyond The 78.2”

  1. asrozanas April 16, 2013 at 02:33 #

    Reblogged this on Adam Rozanas.

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