I was reading Psalm 90 this morning and found a curious verse:
“So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.” – Psalm 90:12
I suppose you could read it many ways, but, to me, it suggests that there’s wisdom that comes from knowing our days on earth are limited. Maybe it spoke to me this way because I was having the exact same thought this morning, or maybe I was having the exact same thought this morning because I read this Psalm yesterday. (God works in mysterious ways.)
I’m not sure what your average day looks like, but I feel like I waste quite a bit of time in my average day. I’m tired after work and making dinner, so I want to relax and watch an old tv show on Netflix (watching NCIS this month). Once I’ve settled into my chair, it’s not easy to get back up out of it. Maybe I watch another show or play a game on my computer. Before I know what has happened, the evening is gone and it’s time to start over for the same routine the next day/night.
Once in a while, such a routine wouldn’t seem like such a waste, but day after day, year after year, the wasted time piles up. I start thinking that if I said to myself each night, “my days are numbered so I better use them while I have them,” my life would be more productive…and probably more fulfilling.
For me, that’s the wisdom of knowing my days are numbered, of “counting my days” – which I think means reminding myself every day that my days are numbered.
What do you think? – Pastor Brad