A few thousand years ago, Moses said in Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom (NIV).” “Teach us to make the most of our time that we may grow in wisdom (NLT).”
Moses is basically saying, “Hey, make sure you think about your life and your time, so that you live wisely and fulfil your God-given purpose. Don’t just cost along aimlessly and without sense of perspective.”
One way of numbering our days is to know what time it is on the time clock of our life.
Let’s think about where you are in your life journey. Think about your entire life as if it was seen as a single day and you lived until the age of 80 years old (in Australia, men on average live to 76 years of age and women to 83). Let’s assume your life begins when the sun rises at 6.00 a.m. and you have until midnight (18 hours):
- At 15 It’s 9.22 a.m. Time to get up and at it!
- At 20 It’s 10.30 a.m. The day is well under way.
- At 30 It’s 12.45 p.m. You’re already into the afternoon.
- At 40 It’s 3.00 p.m.
- At 50 It’s 5.15 p.m. The sun is almost about to set!
- At 60 It’s 7.30 p.m. The evening hours are beginning.
- At 70 It’s 9.45 p.m. It’s getting late.
- At 80 It’s midnight!
- 80+ You’re into ‘time on’!
Hopefully, that analogy wasn’t too depressing for you!
Time is moving and so is your life! You have one life to live so live it to the fullest and from the perspective of eternity.