daily devotional

This morning we woke up to 27 days left in this decade. 10 years of living and it all comes down to these final 27 days. What could you do with this time?

The options are many, however the most popular choices will be to stress and rush. And what do we miss if we fail to savor these days? We miss the opportunity to fully live. Have you ever thought about each day of life as the opportunity of a lifetime? Seriously, the gift of living. Could there be a greater gift?

I’m here in San Antonio, TX today to attend the funeral of a BIG Life girl. Jasmine was a 30 year old mama with 2 little girls, who ran out of days. Her days were limited to 11,253, and then her opportunity to live came to an end. It seems so tragic. A family grieving a tremendous loss of a bright and hopeful life.

Jasmine didn’t receive these final 27 days of the decade. BUT WHAT IF YOU DO? Will you live every single one of them?

Today has a number on it. It’s a number in your allotted days of life. A countdown on your opportunities. It’s assigned number means it counts. Think about it, when you’re teaching your children how to count and they say 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 … you would say oppps, you missed one. Remember number 5. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. That number 5 is important. It may not be your favorite number, but does that really matter? 5 is still important and you can’t just skip over it.

Your days are numbered, whether you’re counting or not. And while you may not see the magic in this day, just a Thursday in the middle of a busy season and stressful time, this day is of tremendous importance. Don’t just skip over it.

This is day #339 of 2019. Isn’t it crazy how fast these 339 days have flown by since we celebrated New Years? How many of those days have mattered? All of them. Every single day has mattered. Have you been counting them? More importantly, have you MADE them count?

Psalm 90:12 says “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Teach us God. Teach us. Help us to get this right. When is the last time you simply prayed, “God, help me to get this right.” Teach me how to live this day right God. I don’t want to waste this day. It’s important. I can’t just skip over today and expect to arrive to a better day tomorrow. Today is #339 and I can’t get to #340 without it. Help me get this day right.

Your greatest gift is your time. The time God gives you is precious. How are you spending it? You will never, ever, ever in all of eternity get another shot at this day. This number in your life will never come again, so don’t you think it’s important to consider how you will spend your time today?

Who gets your time?
What gets your time?

Would you give your money to just anyone? I mean would you mail 60 bucks to FaceBook? Think about it. Would you be comfortable with tucking three 20 dollar bills in an envelope and sending it in to the FaceBook? No. Well, then shouldn’t you consider the cost of giving it 60 minutes of your time? You can always make more money, but sister you can’t make more time.

Would you put a 5 dollar bill in the pocket of the stranger who upset you? Of course you wouldn’t. Then why would you give them 5 minutes of your day being upset over them? Don’t you understand 5 minutes of your LIFE is much more valuable that 5 dollars of your earnings?

At the very end of this day, you will have spent 1,440 minutes on something. Will it be of value? Will you come to the end of this day even remembering what you did? Or will it be just another Thursday that your survived and #339 is marked off the calendar as a day without return.

Lord, teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Help us to do this right today. Help us to see our time as more valuable than our money. Help us to get smarter about this so we can live well.

Who needs to confess over some wasted days and wasted nights. (Oh, that’s a song. Don’t let it be your song.) What a shame to blow all your hard earned money. What a bigger shame to squander your numbered days.

When you number your days, you understand each one counts. When you’re counting down, you see the value of THIS day and the work that needs to be done. There’s a countdown on your life. How many more days do you have? Is it 100? Is it 500? Is it 5,000? I’m sure young and vibrant Jasmine would have guessed she had thousands more days to live. Countless opportunities ahead of her. But she didn’t.

Life is short and precious. Our days are numbered, our opportunities are limited, and that’s what makes them so incredibly special.

You and I may not know how many more days of life we have, but we know this for certain, yesterday is gone and that day will never come again. We either make it count, or we waste it.

Today the countdown on your life continues. Today holds tremendous value. Today is 1,440 minutes, much more valuable than $1,440 dollars. Let us not waste a single buck.

Who gets your time today?
What gets your time today?

Today counts. Make it count. Live well and waste nothing.