We live like we’re promised tomorrow. I know I do. I have expectations and plans for this year as well as the next few. I also loaf around sometimes as if I have all the time in the world to get things accomplished.
Psalm 90:12 teaches us differently though. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
What does it mean to number our days?
One commentary I read said, “The prayer is, that God would instruct us to estimate our days aright: their number; the rapidity with which they pass away; the liability to be cut down; the certainty that they must soon come to an end; their bearing on the future state of being.”
That makes sense to me – the knowledge that my life is fragile and finite.
What can I do with that knowledge? The psalmist wants to gain wisdom.
It sounds to me that if I knew my days were finite, I would live more intently with wisdom doing what is right and beneficial to those around me and the kingdom of God.
Then I’m tripping all over the word intention. Leading up to every new year, my news feeds are littered with resolutions. Usually they are grand plans to “be present,” “be positive,” “seek purpose.”
Side note: It’s rare that I see things anymore to stop smoking, lose weight, or be healthy – I think people are beginning to learn that a strong mental health breeds a strong physical health.
It reminds me of one word: intention. We all want to live with intention – drowning out the background noise and be “in the now.” We want to have a purpose. It’s unsettling when you look back over a time in your life when you simply let life pass you by – you didn’t make any important decisions or change anything – and you’re still in the same place.
If we knew we only had a certain amount of time to do something important, we would seek wisdom to get it done quickly.
Guess what? We do. Life is short, our days are numbered. We do have a purpose.
I have no idea how many days I have, but I’m praying this year that I can live with intention and have a heart of wisdom. I don’t want to look back on my life and realize I wasted time loafing around when I know God’s plan is so much greater than that. I’m praying the same for you this year. I wonder what would happen in our community if we all lived with intention, seeking our purpose, and having a heart of wisdom.