Psalm 90:12: “So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.”

Learning to count our days to make our days count has everything to do with the brevity of life. Our souls live forever while our bodies have an expiration date. As our first hours on earth turn into days, days into weeks, weeks into months and months into years, we must remember that our lifetime on earth is finite. We use it to the best of our abilities when we are generous with our time and resources.

We do not have to be rich to be generous. Everybody has something to give. The blessings of the giver always outweigh the blessings of the receiver. It may be counter-intuitive to live that way, but then, everything God says is counter-intuitive. Take His famous love commandment for instance (Mark 12:30-31):

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

It is not easy to love a random neighbor. And at times it is even difficult to love ourselves. Loving God adds the much-needed third dimension into our lives. Without God, love would just be two-dimensional – my neighbor and me. Include God into the equation, and we gain depth perception. With God comes love that outlasts us. He has loved us long before we even recognized Him.

Birds come with wings, and we can see their flocks traversing the skies. We too come with wings. Hidden beneath our skin, our souls soar when we love. Numerically speaking, love must be the biggest number in God’s kingdom. Growing closer to His heart, we begin to understand what counts.

“Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night”

Paul McCartney / John Lennon

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