“Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”
Having observed people for many years now, I have concluded that in spite of all the evidence, people do not truly believe, down in their hearts, that they are going to die. Intellectually, they know it is true, but in their hearts, they do not really believe it, and they do not want to think much about it.
Only fools do not consider their approaching death; all wise men do. Solomon observed this and noted, “The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth” (Eccl. 7:4). You’ll find more wise men in funeral homes than in bars.
Think about death. It is coming. And if you do spend some time contemplating it, you’ll be a wiser person, and you’ll live a better life.