March 23, 2007

How Many Do You Have?

Vapor. Mist. A passing shadow. Grass that has been cut. Smoke.

These are only a few of the images used in the Bible to describe the tenuous hold we have on life. We tend to think of our lives in terms of years. Long, comfortable periods of time marked by seasons and celebrations. The Bible repeatedly refers to our lives in terms of days. Short, staccato flashes of time that disappear as quickly as they come.

Years are luxurious.

Days are demanding.

Moses, in Psalm 90:12, asks God to "teach us to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Numbering our days. There's a thought. Have you considered how many you have? What if you only had a few remaining? Would you live any differently? I believe Moses understood the idea that the only day he had to live was the present one. To number our days correctly doesn't require the ability to count very high. If you can count to "one" then you have correctly numbered your days.

Are there any relationships in your life needing to be mended? Are there any loved ones to whom you need to say "I love you"? Are there any matters you need to put right with God? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions (or the thousand others that would be applicable to your life), I challenge you to take action immediately. Sign off the World Wide Web and do it. You can surf later (maybe), but you may not have the opportunity to put these other matters right.

Number your days correctly. You have exactly one day to live.


Lucy Arin said...

It took me a while to come and check out your blog, so now that I finally have, I have to say that regardless of your viewpoint on anything, this post is beautifully written. Fantastic use of the language, which as a writer I appreciate deeply.

Something we all forget in our day-to-day lives, and need reminded from time to time. Life=fleeting. Carpe Diem!

John said...

Thanks Lucy,

How did today go? It's all you have you know. Additionally, from a biblical perspective it's much more than Carpe Diem. Seizing a day apart from a relationship with God is like finding an easter egg with no candy in it. It may look nice but it's still empty inside.

Augustine said it well, "Our souls are restless until they find their rest in thee, O God."