So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Jim Elliot was one of six missionaries killed many years ago by the Auca Indians in South America. He was not even thirty when he died. Many would say that his was a wasted life, but there is certainly another way of looking at his life story. Elisabeth Elliot, his wife, included this excerpt from his journal in a book she wrote about Jim’s life: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot was a man who numbered his days and used the time he had to serve God. Jim Elliot was no fool.
We tend to rush through our lives at such a fast pace. And we sometimes forget to ask whether our priorities for life match our priorities for the day. When it comes to the things that matter most, do we tend to say, like Scarlet O’Hara in the movie Gone With the Wind, ” I’ll worry about it tomorrow.” ” I’ll spend time with my mate and family, start exercising, start eating healthy, become more active in the church later. Right now, I’m too busy just getting through the day.”
Let’s determine today to number our days-to remember that our time is limited and let’s make our minutes, our hours and our days count for the advancement of God’s kingdom on earth. Yes, we willget sidetracked and blown off course sometimes. But if we wake up every morning and dedicate that day to the Lord, He will help us. We’re not ready to live until we’re ready to die. Are you ready to die?
Prayer: Lord, please help me to live today as if I were going to die tomorrow.