Bruce Collins. I am an evangelist and teacher of the Bible. I
became a child of God by faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus
Christ on November 24, 1963 and have tried to serve the Lord in various
capacities since then. I am presently an itinerant minister of
the Gospel. I do not work for an organization but I try to
serve the Lord in the best way that I can wherever He leads. That
means that my wife and I have our financial needs met by the Lord as we do
not have a salary from any church or organization. We believe
that the Gospel is free so we have never made a charge for our services.
am available for Bible studies, conferences, Gospel meetings, children's meetings
and camp work. I have traveled throughout much of the United States
and Canada in my service for the Lord. My wife helps me, and
we attend the Bethany Bible Chapel in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They have encouraged us
by commending us for this work.
wife, Geneva and I live in Waterloo, Iowa. We have four children.
One of them is married and has provided us with two grandchildren.
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teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalms
The Perspective of
When we are young, we
have enthusiasm (usually), and goals and dreams.
But we don't have the perspective that age brings.
We often live as though we will live forever.
We think we will have plenty of time to do something profitable
with our lives. Often
youthful lives are lived like the prodigal son lived his in Luke 15.
He spent his resources on pleasure and careless living.
Those who smoke, think that it will be a long time before smoking
affects their health. Those
who drink and take other drugs assume that they will be able to make use
of things that make them feel good in the short-run without any
long-term consequences. However
as we get older, life begins to look differently.
We begin to realize how quickly we have let things that don't
matter get in the way of things that do.
Those who have worked hard to make a success of their lives will
begin to wonder if they have really utilized the time God gave to them
in the best way.
The Perspective of
Our verse is translated in different ways in
different versions of the Bible. The Good News Bible
says, “Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise.”
The New Living translation says, “Teach us to realize the
brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”
As we get older we realize that each day is a gift and each day
is a new opportunity to serve the Lord.
I think numbering our days implies that we know our days are
limited and that each day should be considered precious.
The best time to gain the Scriptural perspective is in our youth.
Solomon reminds us to “Remember now your Creator in the days of
your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when
you say, "I have no pleasure in them (Ecclesiastes 12:1 NKJV).”
It is easy to waste our youth and later, when we come to our
senses, we may not have the vitality to amount to something spiritually.
Value of Age
should bring a certain amount of wisdom that can only come from
experience. We live in a day
when maturity is not really appreciated.
Older people are often told to wait on the younger when in fact
the younger should be waiting on the older--except when it comes to
electronic and computer issues. Young
people want to be “in charge” before they have the maturity to make
good decisions. There is a
reason why elders in the church are called elders.
It is not a position, it is a work that only a mature person has
the wisdom to do in a Godly way. Moses
led the people of God from 80 years old (when he should have been dead
according to his own reckoning in Psalm 90) until he was 120 years old.
But all the time he was training a young man to take his place. That
young man was Joshua. According
to some Bible scholars, he was likely 40 years younger than Moses.
If that is true he would have started serving Moses at about
30-40 and would have led the people of Israel into the promised land at
about 70-80 when he was mature. But as a younger man, he had an older
man as his mentor.
served as Paul's servant. He
was likely about at least 30 years old when Paul admonished him to let
no man despise his youth. Paul
was really saying don't let anyone despise you because of your
youth—that is because of the behavior's that often go with youth.
That reference is in 1 Timothy 4:12 which says, “Let no one
despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in
conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV).”
While Timothy carried great responsibility, he apparently did it
under the guidance of Paul.
Shortness of Time
we get older the value of what little time we have on this earth tends
to change the way we think
and live. It takes that
perspective to make really good decisions.
We begin to realize that only as we begin to number our days
(that is count them because
they are limited and precious) will we understand how urgent the Gospel
message is. People do not
have forever to get right with God.
And only then will we be able to separate that which is really
important from that which that
which will not amount to
anything for eternity. Only
as we get older do we realize that our relationships with others are far
more important than the “successes”
we may have been trying to achieve in life.
Blessing of Numbering our Days
was the last time we took time to make a phone call that we didn't really have time to make?
When was the last time we visited someone who was needing encouragement?
When was the last time we told the Lord that we were available to
do whatever He wanted us to do that day,
even if it meant not meeting a deadline that we thought was
help me personally to number my days.
Don't allow my limited time on this earth to make me fearful or
anxious, but allow me to use any wisdom that has come with maturity in a
way that pleases You.
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