When I would drop my kids off at school there was a jeep in the parking lot that had this message on it.
It’s the life in the years.
It comes from the saying- “it’s not the years in a life but the life in the years.”
I like the message, in part. It is a good reminder to use our time wisely because it is short. But what does time used wisely mean? Is it filling it with parties and the kind of living that isn’t safe? Is it working 100 hour work weeks or getting sucked into our tv?
Our reading from this Sunday sounds very similar from I Corinthians 7 NLT.
The time that remains is very short….Those who weep or who rejoice or who buy things should not be absorbed by their weeping or their joy or their possessions. Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.
Instead, the kind of living that is well lived, is focused on what doesn’t pass away, that is Jesus, and living like Jesus is what fills our life no matter how many years we have.
Part of that living is being loving to each other, because so often what we argue about and what divides is merely part of the world that is passing away and not worth holding on too.
So, maybe the slogan should say instead,
It’s not the years in a life but Jesus in the years.