Ever stopped to consider how many days you may have yet to live?
If you are as busy as the rest of us, then probably not, and seriously, who wants to sit around counting the time you have left? Even so, I have recently concluded I may have about 7,300 days, more-or-less.
A few days ago, I came across the article Four Simple Ways to Make Your Time Count by Patrick Schwenk and almost skimmed right past it. I was perusing Pinterest and the title is not something that would normally pique my interest.
There are areas where I do profit from self-help articles, such as in the kitchen. I love to cook, but do best keeping things fairly simple. I feel like my vision for a meal rarely becomes all I intend for it to be. For all the time-wasting, Pinterest has been my friend in the kitchen.
As far as me needing to learn time-saving methods…
I’ve pretty well got that covered. I am a type-A personality – indisputably. Organizing, details, “to-do” lists and a serious phobia of wasting time is in my DNA. It is at least one thing I did get from Mom, and probably a double portion at that, so, “Thanks, Mom!”
The message in the article hit me like a ton of bricks, though. The bottom line: If I live approximately twenty more years, which would make me roughly 73 years old, I have about 7,300 days left. Only 7,300 days…
This news will definitely make you ponder.
Now, I realize it is highly likely I could hang around awhile longer. Considering the life-span evaluations for a woman my age who takes care of herself, eats right and lives right, I could very well live past the age of eighty. I hope I do. I plan to.
On the “flip” side, the days I have left could be less than 7,300. It is a sobering thought, but God knows. We can pray for long life and He may grant that to us. The fact of the matter is our days are in His hands.
So, why not count them?
Think about it, will you? To sum it up, I borrow Ephesians 5.16-17 (The Message translation) from Schwenk’s article. (Actually, go read the entire chapter of Ephesians 5 – so epic.)
Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.
Whether I have 7,300 days, or if it be more-or-less, I want to make the most of every chance I get. With God’s help, I believe I can.
By focusing our time and energy on things with eternal value, we can be assured our days are not wasted needlessly. Let’s make sure we understand what Jesus (the Master) wants of us – for ALL of our days.