October 6

Psalm 90:12-14

“So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.” vs. 12

In the spring of our lives we don’t seem to realize that our days are numbered and that one day we’ll come to the end of them. Life seems wide open and unending and many seem to believe that they are immortal, that the old people they see around are an anomaly, and that such feebleness will never come to them. It’s not a bad thing to have such optimism about the future, and indeed, it’s probably something to be encouraged. Being young and pessimistic is not a good combination. But sooner or later it’s important to adopt a more realistic view, and pray with the psalmist, “So teach us to count our days, that we may gain a wise heart.” There truly is wisdom in learning to live one day at a time while vowing to wring as much joy and goodness from that day as we can. For our days really are numbered and we don’t have an infinite supply. Now, this doesn’t mean that our endings are fixed or that our last day has already been determined. Not at all! And we can stretch out our days with careful and prudential living–a lot of us are doing exactly that. And the truly wise will see every one of those days as a dear and precious gift from God and make sure that not a single one is wasted.

Thought for the Day: When did I first realize my days are numbered?

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