HE WAS in the best stage of life when he decided to leave the church. He was twenty-one years old and had always been an exemplary young man and active in his congregation, but his difficult economic situation discouraged him. Seeing that he could not get the income necessary to continue his studies, he decided to work as the manager of a bar and another business that, to say it politely, was rather immoral.
One day, the pastor of what had always been that young man’s church received the first bit of devastating news: he had been brutally run over and dragged several yards under the wheels of a truck. According to what an eye_ witness told him, the young man lived fifteen long minutes after the accident, crying out with a failing voice, «Someone bring me a Bible. I need someone to read me the Bible.» However, he died without being able to see his last wish fulfilled.
In full youth, when it seemed that he had everything before him and he could make different decisions in his life, a tragic outcome cut everything short for him. This is one of the realities of life that the book of Ecclesiastes presents: «Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, . . . before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; …when the doors to the street are closed, and the sound of grinding fades; when people rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint; when people are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; . . . before . . . the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it» (12:1—7, NIV). It is a necessary and pertinent message because it is precisely in the days of our youth that we stop seeing what life consists in and what our priorities need to be. It seems to us that we have everything before us and this is not necessarily true.
Dear young friends, while you feel strong, whole, and active, remember your Creator. Put yourself in His hands so that He may use you as He deems best, and ask Him to teach you to live well such a valuable treasure as is youth. From your perspective, it could seem to you that you have all the time in the world, but it is not necessarily so.
«Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come» (Ecclesiastes 12:1).