Monday, January 3, 2011

Make Every Day Count

"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." (Psalm 90:12) I love this verse because its a reminder to me, well actually to all of us, to make every day count. When we wake up in the morning with the realization that God has given us this day, that its a gift from Him, then I think we'll look at the day ahead of us with different eyes than we normally would have. So many times our days can become a drudgery of sameness. The same errands, the same chores, the same everything. We can soon find ourselves in a rut if we're not looking at our days as gifts.

The Bible tells us that God has our days numbered even before we are born (Psalm 139:16). He knows already how many days we have left in our life and each day that He has given to us should be treated as a gift from Him. Just as we are told to spend our money wisely, I believe that we need to spend our time wisely as well. So how do we do that? Well first I believe that the 'first fruits' of the day belong to the Lord. So we need to start each day with Him, in His Word and talking with Him. Ask Him for direction and guidance for the day ahead.

Secondly I believe we need to give our employers an honest days work. If we are paid for eight hours then we need to be working eight hours. We need to be honest and be the best employee in the company because we are representing Christ everywhere we go. (1 Tim. 6:1)

If we are not employed outside of the home, then we need to be diligent in keeping the home. There is a fine line here too that many women cross over. Our homes are to be welcoming havens for our husbands and children. We are the 'keepers of the home' and the people who enter it should always find a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere. Many women take cleaning and fussing to a degree that makes everyone around them feel uncomfortable. That's not what being a keeper of the home is all about. Again our homes are to reflect Christ in us. (Titus 2:5) Christ welcomed little children to come to Him. He never cared if their hands were messy or if they might break something. He was interested in them.

Finally if we are to treat each day as a gift I believe that we need to be about the Father's business as much as we possibly can. Deut. 6:7 tells us that we are to teach our children about the Lord and tell them what His Word says. Mark 16:15 tells us to go into the world and tell everyone else about God and His Son Jesus Christ and what He has done for us.

When we lay our head on our pillow at night can we say that we made this day count? If this was our last day on earth would we be pleased with what we accomplished? So many people never really start to live their life until they are told that they only have so many days or months left to live. It's only then that they choose to do the things they had been putting off for years. It shouldn't take some terrible tragedy to wake us up and make us appreciate every day that has been given to us. Cherish your days. Make every one of them count. If you do you will have a rich, full, vibrant life that God always intended you to have. God bless.

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