Daily Devotional

The old watch

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Cast all your anxiety on [God], because he cares for you.

- 1 Peter 5:7 (NRSV)

As a minister, I recently received an appointment to a new congregation. I was packing and waiting for the big change in my life when I saw my grandmother’s old watch, which she had received from her father. It was more than 60 years old and still working.

The evening before leaving my home for the last time, I thought about my life and recalled the life of my grandmother. The old watch had counted out her hours in this world and the hours of her father’s life, and I know it was counting out the hours of my life as well, a life I enjoy as a gift from God. And I thought, What will my service be like? What example will I leave behind? I remembered the words of Psalm 90:12: “So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.”

We do not have much time in this world; we do not know when the hands of our life’s watch will stop. But what we do know is that our loving God has given us life and the ability to choose how we will live it. May our lives be full of faith, hope, and love for all that God has created!

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