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June 9, 2017, 5:00 AM

How does counting your days lead to a heart of wisdom?


Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

How does counting your days lead to a heart of wisdom? 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. All my efforts to decelerate its progress or hit pause to simply catch my breath are to no avail.  Life continues to churn with little regard to my protests.  Today, I was going over camp forms for the different camps we have going on at our church, I came across my youngest daughters form for pre teen camp and it hit me is she really a pre teen.  I’m not going to lie; it’s hard for me to come to grips with this reality.

 

In just a couple of years, my youngest daughter will become a teenager, a TEENAGER!  I don’t know if my heart is ready for this change, but it’s coming nonetheless.  I feel life Fred Sanford, “This is the big one!”  I was just holding her in my arms as a baby yesterday. 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 mind. 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 off 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 we wish to see in our lives. When we come to grips with time being in short supply, we tend to do more with the time we’ve been given right now.  There are no spiritual shortcuts. Instant faith is a myth. Our faith is shaped and molded over time. The transformation that lasts is 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?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, I want to make my days count. Lord help me to not squander the time I’ve been given. Rather than put things off for another day, give me the courage to act. Jesus remind me that time is precious and to not take it for granted. Teach me use the moments I’m given today to help those around me know they are loved by You. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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