Here we are at the start of another year. I wonder how many of you will be celebrating special anniversaries?
I’m hanging onto my 50s by my fingertips, I turn 60 in June. Somebody told me that 60 is the new 40, but it’s not advisable to use that as an excuse if you are caught speeding! I remember as a teenage thinking anyone over the age of 40 was past their sell by date.
In the Old Testament Psalms (90 v 12), we are encouraged to “number our days.” It is said that the average life span is 75 years of age so in that time you will live for 27,375 days.
That sounds like a lot, but how quickly time passes.
As a kid waiting for the end of term or a holiday seemed like an eternity. As I get more mature time seems to whizz by.
The question we can ask of ourselves is how are we using our 27,375 days? Do we live each day as though it were our last?
I remember reading a quote that said ‘Don’t spend your time counting your days, but making your days count’.
It’s been worked out that Jesus only lived about 12,045 days on this earth, and yet historians and theologians agree that he was the most influential person who ever lived.
From the age twelve, he demonstrated that he knew his life’s purpose: which was to do the will of God.
Even when life was difficult and painful, he spent time in prayer, dedicating his life to the will of God.
He shared time with people and made a difference with his teaching and presence.
Time – we can waste it, manage it, live within it but we can’t regain it once it’s gone or repeat it if we need a second chance. The moment gone is gone forever.
As a teenager I remember a song by a Lena Martell which I thought was very “cheesy” at the time, it was called ‘One day at time.’ But as I get older there is wisdom in those words we all would do well to grasp:
One day at a time, sweet Jesus that’s all I’m asking from you
Just give me the strength to do every day what I have to do
Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus, tomorrow may never be mine
Lord help me today – show me the way – one day at a time.
In the final analysis, what really matters is not how much time you have in 2014 but what you do with it.
l See next week’s Driffield Times & Post for a ‘Thought for the Week’ column from Rev David Fletcher.