Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Teach Me to Number My Days...

So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

In the past few months, God has really been challenging me to "number my days." In a very short time I will be leaving my family to have a new adventure at Bible college. I will be gone for a year, and there are so many emotions coursing through me-- excitement for new friends and all the things I will learn; fear of the unknown, the unfamiliar, the future; and sadness at leaving behind the people that mean the most to me in this world, even if only for a year. So much will change. I know God will do amazing things in all of us while I'm gone, but it doesn't lessen the pain of leaving them.

So I have been spending as much time as possible with my family, numbering every day, every hour, every minute.

What if we always lived like that, counting every day and hour and second of our lives? What if we stopped taking our loved ones for granted? What if we saw every moment as a gift from God and not something to be squandered? How much richer and fuller our lives would be if we saw every day as a blessing and not just monotonous carrying-on!

Remember Who put you here on earth-- and for what reason. You were not placed on this earth to satisfy your own desires, to accumulate wealth, or to have hundreds of friends. You are here because God wants you to be, because He has a divine and perfect purpose for your life. There is a reason God placed you exactly where you are. If you're not sure what that reason is, ask Him. He gives wisdom to all those who ask Him sincerely.

Now I challenge you, as I have been challenged, to live each day to the fullest. You don't know how long you have left on this earth. If you were lying on your deathbed tomorrow, would you have regrets? Would you have wished you had lived differently? What if a loved one died tomorrow? Would you have peace in the fact that you loved them and that they knew it? Or would you be forever haunted by unsaid words? Don't take anything for granted-- learn to number your days, because no matter how long you live, you only have so much time. Make it count!

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