Numbered Days

 Like it or not, the end of January signals that the new year has begun in earnest! The Holidays are well and truly over, Christmas is a forgotten memory, School has resumed and the next public holiday is a while away! For some, this can be a hard reality pill to swallow. 

I’m not sure about you, but I certainly feel as through that last month just flew by! I’m scratching my head now wondering, did we even have a holiday? Conversations about time flying by seem to come thick and fast this time of year, especially when you have kids who are growing up and starting a new School year. It feels like the month has already finished before you’ve had a chance to turn the calendar page from the previous month!

Perhaps there are seasons of life, particularly more so, when you are very occupied with the demands of children that do just seem to fly by? Perhaps there are other seasons where time seems to slow down? I only commented to Bron last night about how I was reminiscing back to the days before we had kids and wondering in all honesty what we did with all our time!!! I’m sure its an age old question!

The good book has some great wisdom to offer when it comes to time. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 90:12 ‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom’

The days are precious. Every single day matters. Each day is another day we will never get back. Each day is filled with potential and opportunity. The question is, how will we utilise each day? How will we live into each day? Do we seize it or just let it slip by without thought or care? The Scriptures teach us that if we are wise we will learn to number our days; meaning we will value the opportunity that each day presents to live lives that are fully alive to the glory of God. 

To number our days, is to recognise that each day is a gift from God, to seek ways to be a blessing, just as we have been blessed. To number our days is to live life on purpose, representing the gospel as best we can through word and deed. That simply means we are ‘good news’ people! To number our days is to cherish the relationships we have and be truly grateful for them. To number our days is to make the very most of whatever season we find ourselves in. Wisdom teaches us that this current season (whatever it may be) will not last forever.  Wisdom says ‘engage’, if it’s hard then learn, if its rich and when you can, enjoy! To number our days means to chose life over death, joy over sorrow, hope over despair. To number our days means that we live our days in the humble awareness that the author of those days wrote them into being before one of them even came to be (Psalm 139:16). 

May you learn to number your days, in order that you may gain a heart of wisdom. 

Love and blessings,

Pastor Joel