by Kimberley Pfeiffer
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‘So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart’ (Psalm 90:12).
Today’s psalm reminds us to adopt a heavenly perspective on life and time. Do you ever make the connection between life and time? They deeply depend on each other. We call our life on earth our ‘lifetime’. Time is lived, and as we live it, we also receive it, and it becomes ours. But we do not possess it. We won’t live forever. This psalm reminds us to learn this, appreciate it, and thank God for it, so that we may become wise.
Do you ever reflect on the gift of time?
It is not particularly wise to only learn to revere time when it is running out. It’s like trying to start a relationship with someone when they are on their deathbed. The wise heart knows that one works on relationships in the present, soberly remembering that we don’t know when there will be no more tomorrows.
But let’s not see this as just another rule to follow. God created everything in love, and so, time is, in fact, a gift of God. God is our dwelling place in every way, including as we live within his gift of time. As creatures created in his image, we also then have the privilege to give our time to others, which is also an act of love.
We have a Saviour who opened up time eternally. Because of Christ, we have time to share with others and to love others. We don’t need to fear that there is not enough time, but we only need to remember to appreciate the time God gives us. If you are worried about getting started, be comforted by the one whose ultimate gift of life perfects all of our feeble attempts at loving people in our time.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of time. Please give us your wisdom to number our days so that we can grow in knowledge. As Christ has given his life for us, help us to grow in love for those to whom we give our lives. Amen.