Make Your Days Count
I daily drop a penny into a big glass jug as a visual reminder of two things: first, to thank God for the gift of the day, and second, to seek God’s guidance for using each hour well.
Have you ever considered how the terminology for money and time are similar?
Consider the following list and take note of each italicized word. In every phrase, the words are in the context of time but can also be used when speaking of money.
This will save so much time doing…
How much time will…
We spent most of the week…
He squandered the day away at…
The illness stole years from…
That was such a waste of…
She invested her life in…
They counted the cost of…
Steward time well. It cannot be made, bought, or borrowed. Time is an equalizer in humanity. Whether rich or poor, we are all daily given 24 hours. Our gender, race, material wealth, or lack of it, has no bearing on the hours given per day.
Let’s learn more about God’s view of time and life.
Time is limitless to God. “Dear friends, don’t overlook this one fact: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day” (2 Peter 3:8, CSB). “For in your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night” (Psalm 90:4, CSB).
Time is in God’s hands. “The course of my life is in your power. . .” (Psalm 31:15, CSB).
God has determined our time. “Since a person’s days are determined and the number of his months depends on you, and since you have set limits he cannot pass. . .” (Job 14:5, CSB).
Life is a choice. “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19, CSB).
Life is like grass. “As for man, his days are like grass—he blooms like a flower of the field; when the wind passes over it, it vanishes, and its place is no longer known” (Psalm 103:15-16, CSB). Also found in Psalm 90:5-6.
Our days are fleeting. “LORD, what is a human that you care for him, a son of man that you think of him? A human is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow” (Psalm 144:3-4, CSB).
Life is like a mist or vapor. “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow. . .’ Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes” (James 4:13-15, CSB).
The Spirit gives life. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2, CSB). See also Romans 8:9-11.
Dear Reader, are you investing unto the Lord? Are there some needed shifts in thinking to align your perception of time with God’s point of view?
Father God, thank You for giving me life today. Guide my thoughts to align with Your will. Teach me to treasure each moment You give and to steward it with eternity in mind. When the day is done, I can never retrieve it or reinvest it. I will trust You, the great I Am, the God of the present to counsel me by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank You, LORD!
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