My days are numbered...

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"Our time is limited. You (God) have given us only so many months to live and have set limits we cannot go beyond." Job 14:5 (NCV)

Yep, my days - your days - are numbered. We are only given so many days, months, years to live. How many? We have no idea. God knows, but we don't know. Sound morbid to you?

Our mortality is not something we like to think about, but ignoring the fact that our time is limited doesn't make it any less true. Recognizing that our time is limited, allows us to prioritize our lives better. It causes to think about what's really important. 

God's word puts it this way...
"So be very careful how you live. Do not live like those who are not wise, but live wisely. Use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times. So do not be foolish but learn what the Lord wants you to do." Ephesians 5:15-17

When we're asked to add another thing to our schedule, to our children's schedules, we should stop and ask ourselves...

In light of the knowledge that our days are limited, is it wise to add this particular thing to our schedule? Not, is it right or wrong, but is it wise?

Add things to your schedule by putting the things that are a top priority for you on the calendar first.

How will you know which things are most important?

Pray...ask God to give you wisdom.
"But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous to everyone and will give you wisdom without criticizing you." James 1:5

Dear Father,
"Teach us how short our lives really are so that we may be wise." Psalm 90:12

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Anonymous said...

Hi Jan! It took me a long time to learn that it's ok to say no. We really must spend our time wisely doing those things that God calls us to, but being wise enough to know the things that we aren't necessarily called to do.
Thanks for sharing!


Jan Christiansen said...

Thanks for dropping by, Tresa! It took me a long time, too.

So often we're made to feel guilty if we decline a request. That makes it hard to say no, but we must evaluate each opportunity in order to give our best to the ones that are most important to God.

I hate it when people make me feel guilty. I'm learning to reject those guilt feelings when I know that I've made the right choice.