“Teach us to number our days…”
Psalm 90:12 may be a small verse, but its words contain a world of wisdom. There’s nothing scarier than being in a hospital bed and thinking, “This is it.” What’s worse is sitting in that bed and wondering about all the things that still need to get done.
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve watched my dad go into hospital and then come out as if nothing serious just happened. As I’ve watched, I’ve learned new wisdom that all root in one lesson: In the end, nothing else matters except the lives of the people around you.
We can go out and buy gifts or make grand gestures, but none of that is more important than spending time with the people you love. Just sitting there listening to their concerns or desires is more effective than getting them a new phone or bouquet of flowers, though it is appreciated.
Everyone has a different love language that they respond to more, there being five in total, but no matter which one is in your top ranking, I think we will all agree that quality time is crucial.
Having health scares wakes you up to the reality of how mortal our lives are. We only have a short time on this earth to create our footprints, so don’t let life slip you by.
What is the thing you want people to remember you by?
Think about that question as you go through your day and ask yourself if you’re doing what it takes to fulfill your answer. Use your life to make a difference and impact the lives of those around you. Follow God’s voice and always be open to where He wants you to go.
I really don’t like seeing people run themselves to the ground because we’ve been taught the philosophy that we, ourselves, come last when in actuality, our body’s needs should come first. Without our bodies, we cannot serve or be the people God has called us to be, so take care of your body and when you need a time out, take it! There will always be someone who won’t appreciate what you’re doing, but don’t let that stop you. It’s better to have the ability to give something your all than drive yourself to the ground trying to please more people than your body can handle.
Our days are numbered, don’t live your life safe or with regrets; take the plunge or go on the adventure that’s been on your heart for years!