Have you ever asked God to teach you to count your days?
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, comparatively speaking, do not have as much time on their hands. 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 should use it to the best of our abilities.
We reap the greatest benefits from being generous with our time and our resources. We do not have to be rich to be generous. We all have something to give. As a matter of fact, the wealthy are considered dirt-poor in the eyes of the Lord if same people have stopped giving. 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 familiar with His values, we come to understand what counts.