Psalm 90:1-4, 12-17

1. Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
2. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3. You turn men back to dust, saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men."
4. For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.

12. Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13. Relent, O LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants.
14. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.
17. May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-- yes, establish the work of our hands.

Matthew 16:24-26

24. Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
25. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
26. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

I Corinthians 15:58

58. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.