In the relentless hustle-bustle of life, time slips subtly through our fingers, challenging us to pause, reflect, and count our numbered days. As we emerge each morning to the promise of a new day, we find ourselves entrusted with a divine gift - the gift of time, and the freedom to fill it with meaning. Time is a precious jewel, finite and fleeting, given to us by God. Each second that passes is a precious brushstroke on the canvas of our life, an irreplaceable resource that should be cherished and wisely utilized. In Psalm 90:12, the Psalmist's petition is a solemn plea for God's guidance to accomplish a purposeful, worthwhile use of our time on Earth. It highlights the transient nature of earthly life and the importance of filling every day with purpose. Today marks 23,010 days I have been gifted on this Earth. As I reflect upon how I have invested in each of these gifts, there come moments of sorrow and regret. The more I contemplate the wastefulness of several days, or perhaps years of days, this exercise becomes more of a pity party where it serves no fruitful purpose. It is then that I recognize the importance of letting go of the past, tossing aside the regret, and focusing on the changes I can make to enhance the future gifts, despite my not knowing how many remain.
This exercise is a call to self-awareness and a greater consciousness of the divine clock. It invites a healthy reverence for the temporal nature of our existence, fostering a better understanding of life's brevity relative to eternity. It awakens us to the stark reality that time is not a guarantee but a grace, illuminating the urgency to live purposefully and make each day count. Counting our days also encourages us to make the most of time, not in a frenzied rush, but with intentional wisdom and discernment. We are nudged gently onto a path of mindful living, urged to fill our hours not merely with occupations that please us, but with actions that honor God's mission for us. Instead of being consumed by worldly distractions, we find joy and fulfillment in acts of kindness, love, fellowship, and service to others. When this occurs, our days become filled not merely with years of life, but with life worth years, and our hours become monumental in their measure of purpose and impact. On this spiritual journey of numbering our days, let us also remember, God's love and grace never run out. Our perceptions of time's urgency should not breed fear or existential dread. Instead, it should open our hearts to the deep reservoirs of hope, joy, and love God offers each day. When we realize that each moment is both a gift and a responsibility, we begin to experience God's presence in a manner that is truly remarkable, filling each second with eternal significance. Numbering our days teaches us to live not just in time, but beyond it. By understanding the fleeting nature of our existence, we gain wisdom and spiritual resilience. Each tick of the clock echoes an invitation to embrace our divine calling, to illuminate each moment with God's light, and to dwell in the consciousness of His love and mercy. Let this understanding guide us to lead a life filled with faith, purpose, and eternal hope, glorifying God's name and fulfilling His divine intentions.
I thank God today for teaching me to number my days and for His mercies that are new every morning. My hope for you is that the gift of today will be filled with meaningful purpose and that wisdom and discernment will reign supreme in your every action. Strive each and every day to have your soul radiate love and mercy to all you encounter. As we count our days, let's make our days count!