Dick Cheney, the former Vice President and staff member in four presidencies, has a newly released book. In a recent CNN interview, John King asked Cheney if he felt an urgency in getting the book written. Cheney has had five heart attacks. Cheney replied:
My days are numbered, John, and so are yours.
Cheney goes on to explain the external heart pump that is keeping him alive and well. The two discussed that the heart pump is a technology originally designed to keep potential heart transplant recipients alive while they waited on a heart. Cheney implied that he might simply stick with the heart pump.
The story reminded me of a lady I heard about who was getting counsel from her doctor after having tests run for cancer. The doctor very gravely told the lady, “M’am, I am sorry to inform you that your days are certainly numbered.”
The lady, a devout Christ-follower, without even blinking, said, “Yes, indeed doctor. Please remember that your days also are numbered.”
When a person realizes that their days are numbered, it often impacts the way they live out those remaining days.
The Bible says it is appointed for a person to die once and after this comes the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27 ) Not only are our days numbered, but we have an appointment to stand before the Living God and to give an accounting of our days.
It would do us well to calculate our remaining days with both of these issues in view: our days are numbered and we will be held accountable for them. How we live, love, serve, and worship, matter both in time and eternity.
It’s a good reminder for all of us.