Main Verse: so teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
It’s that time of year again where we evaluate our most precious commodity…time. We think about how we spent our time as one year closes and consider how we will change the way we spend our time with the gift of a fresh start.
Some consider it a time for resolutions but it’s much more complicated than that. Resolutions take time and commitment while other factors bare down on our time such as family, work, physical exhaustion and sometimes lack of self-control and laziness. The “Just Do It” fanatics prance in front of us with their perfect lives and bodies and shallow chants and come February we are knee deep in chocolate. Darn the timing of Valentines Day!
Time is the one prison we all share.
Time is the one prison we all share. It locks us in from birth to death and demands payment. Our tombstone encapsulates our beginning and our end, and we all strive to find meaning in the dash in-between. Wasted time! Time wasted watching TV, surfing social media, running from the hairdresser, to the nail salon to the gym to the department store and back around to make sure we look good while time ticks on.
My favorite movie as a child was The Wizard of Oz. I always hated the scene where Dorothy was locked in a room in the Witches castle with the hourglass surrendering sand to her demise. I wanted to run in and flip that thing over and make time reverse or, at the very least, stop. But no one can stop time. It’s the one thing we all have in common. Rich or poor, loved or hated, talented or dull…. we all have the same 24 hours and 12 months to spend.
Fortunately, we don’t have to live staring at an hourglass of our lives slipping away.
However, the Psalmist does state in Psalm 90:12 “so teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Simply taking inventory of how short our lives really are and how little we have left. As morbid as that may sound to some, will provide us with wisdom and insight on how we use this commodity of time. We’ve all heard the sayings “my how time flies” or “they grow up so fast”.
Time is precious and fleeting, and deserves to be spent in the same way we savor and spend our most precious possessions.
”Lord, teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Post written by: Janice Seal Janice grew up in the Bay Area in a broken family. She met Christ in the 3rd grade at a neighborhood gathering for kids called a 5 Day Club. The woman who led the club took her to church where she was baptized and received her first bible. In later years, she encountered the ministry of Young Life where she deepened her faith and felt the call to love others with the love of Christ as she had been loved. She now serves at Powerhouse Ministries and claims it is the highlight of her week. Janice is married to her husband of 24 years and they have three children all now in college.