I’ve always been a “numbers guy.” As a kid I loved to keep track of my favorite athletes’ stats. How fast? How high? How far? I owned (and actually read) the Guinness Book of World Records – who isn’t fascinated with the world’s longest hair and fingernails?! As our family traveled, I liked to track the distance to the next town – and then guess the population of each town. Yes, it was a little nerdy, but there were no DVD players in cars back then!
Today, I still like to tract numbers – bank accounts, sales figures, schedules, etc. To an extent, such measuring in life is necessary. However, if I’m not careful, I can let the fascination with the numbers take over. I recently completed The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. In it he shares this sobering thought:
When you are measuring life, you are not living it.
And as one of the main characters realizes, “The simple joy of living between sunrises was gone.” Touché. Yes, we are to learn to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12). But with that wisdom we’re to make our days count for God and others. In other words, we count the days in order to make the days count – not to be enslaved to time, demands, or bank accounts.
Each of us is a mist that appears for a little while and then disappears (James 4:14). While you’re here, will you merely measure life, or will you live it fully for Him? –Dave
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