So it was my birthday last week, and I am still in my 40’s! I will cling to that until the day after the last day, but I am also a realist and am comfortable with aging. In Psalm 90:12, Moses prays that the Lord would teach us to number our days, a discipline I picked up the first time I read that passage 15 years ago. Psalm 90:10 says we get 70 or 80 years, so I chose 80, Lord willing.
I actually number my days. I have a little program that runs every day, and calculates all the numbers for me. I don’t look at it all the time, but I did update it after my birthday. It catches my attention every time I get to an even hundred number, because I will only get to see that happen maybe 100 more times in my lifetime. Yesterday, I hit 11,300 days left to live if I live to be 80. Not that big of a deal because something could happen today, but this is not the point. So what is the point? Here are a few I came up with:
- I am to live each day in light of who I am in Christ.
- This life is temporary, and I am to live each day in light of eternity.
- I have a fixed number of days to live, and I need to use them wisely.
- My days are not my own, I am only a steward of what God gives me.
The list could go on and on, but those are my big four. Each one of those could be broken down further, but I will save those for a future sermon series!
I found a note I had made earlier, when I had first started this little practice, and at the time, only 46% of my life had passed and I had 15,678 days to live. Today, 61% of my life has passed and I only have 11,300 days left to live. Wow, where has the time gone!!
I don’t know exactly how much time I have left, only God does. I cannot do anything to affect the length of my life, but I can affect the quality and impact my life will have, and so can you!
Lord, like Moses, I pray that you will teach us to number our days, so that we can present to you a heart of wisdom!