Blur … Tempus Fugit

Over the weekend I had the chance to hang out with one of my closest friends. He will be 50 in a couple of weeks.

A few days ago he received a surprise in the mail, and he showed it to me. It was an AARP card.

Yikes! Talk about the Blur.

Unless he makes it past 100, he is officially “over the hill.” 

Knowing him, he may fly by 100. Still, just like the rest of us, his days are numbered.

The Roman poet Virgil was the first to pen the phrase “Tempus Fugit” . . . time flies.

The older I get, the more I recognize Virgil knew what he was talking about, and I too am most likely on the backside.

As a runner I can tell you I like the downhills a lot more than I do the climbing. So if indeed I am over the hill, I plan to have some fun. I might even buy myself a bike.

Every day is a gift. The Bible reminds us to relish each one in Psalm 90:12 where it says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to the Lord a heart of wisdom.”

Nothing would make me happier than to arrive at the finish line and be able to stand before God with a wise heart.

Tempus Fugit, my friend. You have one shot at life. Don’t be a victim of the Blur.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

Do you think leaders are more susceptible than others to the Blur?  Is so, why?

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Jim Lewis

6 years ago

Hi Randy,
Just getting back from our entire family’s vacation at Hilton Head Island . . .
I didn’t realise how much I needed a vacation. The ‘blur’ of life in my leadership role blinded me about life, family & fun time that we are supposed to have on this side of life.
I am constantly reminded about “Seeking First the Kingdom” in all things.
This ‘seeking priority’ needs to be the daily practice in our personal, family and business lives.
When this is done – the ‘blur’ then becomes ‘focused’ vision.
What good is the ‘blur’ of life if it has no eternal significance or focus!
Thank you for these awesome messages.
They hit home almost daily!
Jim Lewis

Randy

6 years ago

Awesome, Jim. Thanks for the encouragement!

Dennis

6 years ago

Live for the Kingdom and this becomes an apitizer

Randy

6 years ago

Good word, Dennis. Thanks!

Mike "Coach" Brown

6 years ago

I just shared with my editor the same passage on the same subject on her blog. Here is the summation of the Psalm 90:12 passage from my perspective of being 63 and veteran member of AARP and now SSA recipient. “Tally or keep an accounting of every day God gives us to live in this life. Hopefully when the ledger is complete and tallied there will be more days in the asset column than in the liability column, and God will smile when there is no red ink on the bottom line.” I agree it is harder as we get older to tackle the mountains and the valleys look more appealing, but I remind myself God is with whether struggling to climb or gliding down the mountains on this journey we call life. Thanks friend!

Randy

6 years ago

Great perspective, Coach!

Chuck

6 years ago

One of the best blog posts of the year! Hats off to all the AARP card-carrying members! It’s great to be old!

Randy

6 years ago

You’re a beauty!

Jan Ewing

6 years ago

Randy, I believe some well intentioned leaders often live in the “blur” driven by the obsession to be productive, have an impact, and make a difference, maybe in an attempt or need to show that we “have what it takes”. As well, servant leaders at times suffer the impacts of living in the blur because as Henri Nouwen cites in the book The Inner Voice of Love “You give whatever people ask of you, and when they ask for more you give more, until you find yourself exhausted, used, and manipulated.” We often come to falsely believe it is all up to us and we never rest. God has spoken to me lately on this and how it can be as the scriptures refer a form of arrogance and thinking more of ourselves than we should. It is then too an independence that keeps us from being fully dependent upon God and thus knowing the rest and joy that only comes from intentional and intimate relationship with Him. That failure to rest then as you stated puts us behind relationally, not just with others but with God. We can do our best for others and ultimately for God only when we truly rest…and trust (patiently) in Him for the outcomes and fulfillment of the true desires of our hearts as He designed. Thanks for the reminder to slow down.

Randy

6 years ago

Jan,
What a great comment. Thank you for your perspective. You are right on point. Be blessed & go slow!
Randy

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