One of the most interesting and significant dynamics about God is that He works with eternity. You and I work within a parameter of time, our lives. One of the largest realizations in my life came when I realized my life is not just about me… that I play a very specific part in a very specific frame of time.
I have this vivid image of my kids, when they were small. Every year on the 4th of July, they would run barefoot, double fisting sparklers. Truthfully, everyone has the same reaction when a sparkler is lit. It's incredibly amusing to watch. We all secretly want to run around and twirl them (whether or not we do).
There's something interesting about sparklers:
1. They're amusing.
2. They burn out super quick. (While my kids were still writing their name, the sparkler just became a smoking rod.)
David writes this: "God, teach me to number my days that I will live wisely"
And, I've come to a realization. We can choose to take out lives (which are burning like a sparkler right now) and run around and show people all the stuff we can do with our gifts and talents. We can treat them as if they are an audience to our show.
OR we can become igniters. With our sparklers (lives), we can begin to light everybody around us. So by the time our sparkler is snuffed out, we leave a world that is burring and alive. One that is writing their names in the sky because we choose to live a life to ignite others with the cause of Christ.
I choose to ignite.