Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! Proverbs 6:6
As I grow older, time seems to speed up, rather than slow down. There are moments when I have this out of body type experience where I can see life speeding by me in a blur. This phenomenon only got more pronounced once I had children.
Life continues to churn with little regard to my protests. I'm learning that nothing in life is more inconsiderate and uncaring than time. All my efforts to decelerate its progress or hit pause to catch my breath are to no avail.
Time is precious, but it is also very fleeting. We all know this, whether we are a parent or not. Our priorities lose out to the squeaky wheel. Life has the uncanny ability to get in the way of what we know deep down is important. Dreams become un-acted upon hopes that get pushed to the back of our minds.
Procrastination becomes our most utilized spiritual gift. Action gets scheduled for that elusive spot on our calendar labeled “someday.” Potential remains untapped. If we do act, we start strong but rarely finish.
Rather than making our days count, many of us are focused on counting down the days to the weekend or our next vacation.
Without intention on our part, time will always win out over the spiritual growth and character change we wish to see in our lives. When we come to grips with time being in short supply, we tend to reflect on how our rushed lifestyle influences our heart and walk with Christ.
There are no spiritual shortcuts or work around. Instant faith is a myth.
Our character is shaped and molded over time. The transformation that lasts gets built in every moment we seize. The way we present God a heart of wisdom at the end of our life is by not taking time for granted.
What if we decided to leave a lasting impact and legacy….one week, one day, one moment at a time?
How does counting your days lead to a heart of wisdom?
God, I want to make my days count. Help me not to squander the time I have at my disposal. Rather than put things off for another day, give me the courage to act. Remind me that time is precious and to not take it for granted. May I use the moments I’m given today to help those around me know they are loved by both You and me. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.