“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
— Psalm 90:12
Are you getting everything you want from life? Or do the days slip by too quickly for you to meet your responsibilities, let alone reach for your dreams?
If we’re going to make the most of our lives, we have to get the whole concept of life into the proper focus and perspective. We need to view life as God does, because as humans, our perspective on life is upside down.
The Bible tells us two things about life. A number of Biblical texts deal with life’s brevity, and others address its longevity. To make sense of these seemingly contradictory assertions, we must understand that the first group of texts discusses this present life and the second group describes the life to come. The Bible makes it clear that eternal life is the real life—that in eternity we wake up, as it were, from a dream, out of a deep sleep. Although this present life seems so real, it is but a shadow, a vapor that passes away. In Psalm 90, Moses says this life is like grass that grows in the morning and in the evening is cut down. Job said, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.” A weaver’s shuttle goes up and down so fast, yet faster than that fly the days of our lives. The moment we reach eternity, the morning that people call death, is the beginning of real and everlasting life.
But we also need to focus on today. Yesterday is gone—irretrievably, forever, completely gone. We can never bring it back. Tomorrow may never come. We never have anything but today. And so the Bible teaches us to live in the moment, making each one count.
Live this life one day at a time, and make the most of each day for God’s glory. And the next time you look up at a clock and wonder where the day has gone, remember that you’re one day closer to eternity.