Friday, January 13, 2012

The Wisdom of Numbering

Psalm 90:12 says, "Teach us to number our days carefully so that  we may develop wisdom in our hearts."  

The amount of planning people put into their lives amazes me. Some people still use paper calendars that they carry around in faux leather binders.  Others use smart phones, laptops or tablets to do their planning. 

We plan for our children's education. We plan for our next vacation. We budget and plan for the day when we will have to replace our cars, home a/c units, and roofs. We plan for sickness by making sure we have adequate insurance even if it involves an obnoxious duck. We plan for retirement. We plan for career advancement and the day when we will move into the home of our dreams. We plan weddings and birthdays and holiday parties and school carnivals and trips to the dentist. All of this is good. 

But there is one thing that in building our portfolios and lists of awards and accomplishments - there is one thing for which many of us fail to plan.

One day, we will die.

It's odd that the most inevitable event in the life of every person on planet earth is the one thing for which we fail to plan. That event is the day we die. And we all will. It may be tomorrow. It may not be for a really long time. But it will happen.

Now, I'm not talking about life-insurance or funeral arrangements here when I refer to planning for our death. I am talking about living life with the understanding that one day, all of this will end, but it won't be the end. There is something on the other side of this life. 

The Psalmist says, "Teach us to number our days carefully..." because so many of us do not. We just go along as though this world is all there is and there will never be anything else. Or we go on as though our days will never end.

This thought has been sticking with me lately. This has implications both for the legacy I want to leave in this world, and the journey ahead of me when I leave this world. How do I number my days carefully and develop a heart of wisdom? What does that look like for me? How should this realization affect the way I move through my remaining days in this place? I think these are good questions to ask.

May you ask these questions as well, and as you do, may you begin to number your days with care, that you might gain a heart of wisdom.

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