Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 (NIV)
There is no doubt about it. There is no doubt about what? I have unwisely wasted my time. I have misspent many of my days. Why is that a problem? What difference does that make? Don’t you have plenty of time? No, I don’t have plenty of time. In fact, I have a very limited number of days. It is very good that you have come to this realization. What will you do now that you have come to realize the value of your time? Well, I will certainly take time to evaluate how I am using my time. Maybe though, I should not even be calling it my time. What would you like to call it? I would like to call it the time you have given me to use. Why is that? I want to make wise use of the time you have given to me. I know that you have a purpose and plan for my life. I know that you have given me assignments. I know that you have things you would like me to accomplish. How I use the time you have given to me will certainly have something to say about my ability to be able to go and do your will. Yes, it will.
So, you are going to evaluate how you use your time? Yes, I am. Even a very quick look at how I spend my time will help me to identify obvious and unfruitful time wasters. I will eliminate obvious time wasters from my life. That sounds like a good start. What next? I’m not sure. That is where you come in. How so? I need your help. I need your wisdom. The demands on my time are almost limitless. If I had a dozen lives to life, I could probably find reasonable and useful ways to spend all those hours. But you have only one life to live. That is true. So, I need your wisdom to help me to know how to live it. I want you to teach me how to number my seconds and minutes and hours and days so that I will use them most fruitfully for your kingdom and glory. I don’t want to spend my time by saying yes to something of little value when I could say yes to something of far greater value. I want you to teach me how to best use the time you have given me so I will be able to go and do your will. That is your prayer? Yes, that is my prayer. How often will you ask me this prayer? I will ask you this prayer every step of my way through life as I follow and serve you. That will be very good. You will hear me answering this prayer as you keep on following and serving me. I will give you a heart of wisdom. I will guide your steps. I will show you how to use your time. Keep on following me. Keep on relying on my help. Keeping on praying to me. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I have wasted so much time. I have wasted time on what will be of no value. Give me a heart of wisdom. Help me to number my days. Help me to know how to make the best use of my time so I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen
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