The Dash

Posted by Tony DAmico on

Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.  – Psalm 144:4

Death is interesting. It is the only thing we are guaranteed after we are born. We are not guaranteed a good life, a lot of money, success, or happiness. The only thing we know is that at some point in our lives, we’ll die. It’s good to talk about death and take time to process it.

Death can come at unexpected times. It’s not something we put on our to-do list when we wake up. It comes like a thief in the night.

When we write out a date, we typically have a starting date and an ending date. There is a separation between those two dates—It’s typically a dash of some sort. That dash is where our life is lived. It is where our story is written. It is where the depth of our lives happen.

During the time of that little dash, we learn how to walk, to talk, to ride a bike, experience love, heartache, joy, fear, regret, and so much more. We experience all of the life that shapes us as a person. That dash represents so much more than a divider of dates.

A dash is short. Even when we are speaking about a race, we use the word dash as a quick race. That is like our lives—fast and fleeting!

How would you like to be remembered when you are gone? As one who was kind? As one who took care of others? As one who loved Jesus? David wrote, “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.” How we live our lives will impact those around us (for both good and bad) for all eternity.

Today, as you are going through your day, take a second to ponder what your life looks like. Take a minute and tell people that you love them. Tell people who don’t know about Jesus that He loves them and longs for a relationship with them! Make your dash count.

Submitted by:
Tony D’Amico
The Rock Church
Draper, Utah

One-Year Bible Reading
Joshua 22:21-23:16
Luke 20:27-47
Psalm 89:14-37
Proverbs 13:17-19

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