Pondering 7,300 days to live, more-or-less…

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.

4 thoughts on “Pondering 7,300 days to live, more-or-less…

  1. Great topic Karlene, time is fleeting and despite how hard we fight against it, it keeps moving forward. We should value it more than we do. Just this past weekend and old friend I grew up with suddenly died. He was just 53. So let’s make all of our time count.

    Have you ready Robert D. Smith’s book 20,000 days? – It is a short book on a similar topic.

    • I have not read that book, Jon, but I think maybe I should! And I am 53 myself. So sorry for your loss. Life is short when you really stop to think about it.

  2. No matter the number of days, which He knows already, He promises to provide a hope and a future… and we will never remain calculating our days left here for long, since those that belong to Him are really only awaiting that glorious “one day” which will last for an eternity… thank you for this post, Karlene, we have so little time here to further the kingdom, we still need to make every moment count. Such an important reminder!

    • Yes, yes, yes, Christine! I’m reminded of words to an old gospel song, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” We hang in the balance – we want to go, yet, we want to make the most of the days we have left.

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