Genesis 25:7–8 (ESV): "7 These are the days of the years of Abraham's life, 175 years. 8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people."
It's been said that a life is summed up by the dash on a tombstone. Settled between the birth date and the death date sits the dash. It represents all the years the person lived on earth. Make your dash count.
After Issac received his wife Rebekah Abraham retired from life. He had lived 175 years on earth. The first 75 years were lived for self and the next 100 years were dedicated to following the Lord. He didn't do it perfectly but he did do it faithfully. The world would say "well done" to him because of the great wealth he accumulated but reality is earthly treasures are temporary and they don't translate to anything in eternity. Abraham lived a great life because he found the Lord and walked by faith on a daily basis until he breathed his last. He stored up much treasure in heaven. He made his dash count.
One day people will gather in remembrance of you. What will they say? "What a life, look at all the stuff?" Or will they say "what a Lord, look at all He has done." You can still shape the words that will be said about you. Your dash is still being written. Live like Abraham, follow the Lord and walk by faith every day and when you retire from this life people will admire what the Lord has done. Don't wait, tomorrow isn't guaranteed. Live for the Lord now. It is the best way to spend your life. Make your dash count!
Father we thank You for life. We have been gifted an incredible opportunity on a daily basis to make Your name famous. Let us not get caught up living for self but let us live to bring You glory. Forgive us for getting sidetracked. Fill us with faith and help us stay focused on the prize. May our dash bring much remembrance of You we pray in Jesus name, amen.