Iv’e heard the old cliche saying many times that asks, “If you knew you only had a week to live, what would you do?” Sometimes it includes different amounts of time, such as two days, or 24 hours. Either way, the concept is the same. If we knew when we were going to leave this earth, how would we spend the time we have left? If we were to number our days, what would we do with those days?
Psalm 90 in the Bible was written as a prayer by Moses. In verse 12 he says to the Lord, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” As cliche as it can be, it is also wise of us to consider how long we have left here on earth. When we truly understand that we only have so many days left here, we begin to to reassess how we are spending those days. Are we wasting them with entertainment rather than Kingdom work? Do we have our priorities in the right order? Are we putting things off that are more important than we act like they are?
Proverbs 27:1 tells us, “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.” When we put things off until tomorrow, we assume tomorrow will be there. We boast as if we were guaranteed another day. The thing is, we aren’t. God may take us home tonight. He may take our child our our sibling or our spouse at any time. Nobody knows what the future holds. We could lose our home to a fire. We could lose our arm in a tragic accident. Our boss might lay us off or our car could break down.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Positive things can happen too! We may get promoted at our job, or find out we’re pregnant! Our blog post could go viral or we might make a new friend. The point is, when we number our days we begin to live differently. We stop putting things off. Our relationships and the legacy we want to leave becomes more of a priority. We become less materialistic, knowing that we can’t take it with us anyway. Eternity becomes more real and we make decisions based on what is important to God rather than what we think is important right this second.
So, I want us to all meditate on this throughout the day. Let’s number our days so we can walk in that wisdom.
If you knew you only had, say, 7 days left here on earth, how would you use them? How would your priorities change? Share with me in the comments!