So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
- Psalm 90:12
This is not a blog. This is just a brief reflection offering food for thought. Have you ever heard the phrase, “The days are slow, but the years fly by”? When I was young, I thought it was a silly phrase, probably because I couldn’t wait to be in “the double numbers,” i.e.: 10, 11, 12… A year was forever long! But really, who has wisdom at the age of eight?
Psalm 90 includes this observation: “The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.” Note that the psalmist (here attributed to Moses) did not recommend numbering the years for wisdom, but the days. A year, as it turns out, is simply a lot of days.
Looking back over the past week, I numbered my days pretty well and accomplished some good things, but I still ran out of days. Ergo, no blog… Wisdom, then, is not in doing a lot and being busy, but in choosing which matters have greater value and are more worthy of the limited number of days we have – days that are made up of limited hours. All activities of worth are not all of equal priority. Therein lies the wisdom we need.
At least, therein lies the wisdom I need. Our days are numbered. That is true from the moment of birth. We spend our money carefully, but do we spend our days carefully?
I am praying to receive a heart of wisdom in the coming week. You’ll have to decide whether you have a heart a wisdom or need a heart of wisdom or simply need for wisdom to increase in you.
In Christ –
Rev. Elizabeth Moreau
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