Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Number Our Days

- This is a prayer of Moses asking God to teach us to live our lives with an eternal perspective. It should be our prayer, too. Realizing that life is short helps us use the little time we have here on earth more intentionally and for eternal good.
- "A heart of wisdom"--a heart that fears (reveres) & loves God and shuns evil (hates sin). "The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding." (Job 28:28) Wisdom begins with choosing to depend fully on God, applying God's truths and principles in our relationships & daily circumstances, and understanding that both obedience and disobedience (sin) have consequences.
- "Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:15-16) Each day is a gift from the Lord. I want to live my days according to His Word and His will, spending my time on earth wisely and for His glory. I want to live each day in the light of eternity, keeping an eternal perspective with me always. "Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs." ~Jonathan Edwards
- Just being alive each day is not the same as "living." What are our days filled with? What do we want to see happen in our lives before we die? What would we like people to remember us for? What steps could we take today toward that purpose?  Whatever you do, don't waste your life.
- After reading Psalm 90, I recommend you read Ecclesiastes and reflect upon life :)! I've recently finished reading Life Stinks...And Then You Die by Bob Hostetler. It's a book about Ecclesiastes. If you're interested, you can read my review of the book here.
- I think this quote by Jim Elliot sums up about numbering our days and gaining a heart of wisdom :). "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Let us live intentionally in conscious communion with God and in the light of eternity in such a way that most glorifies God, always doing the will of God.
- To ponder: "If we could live every day as though it may be the very last one before the final judgment, what a difference it would make here on earth." ~Billy Graham

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