Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
What does that mean—to “number our days aright”? Permit me to follow that up with another question: What is the thing in your life that you ﬁnd hardest to manage—the thing you most often ﬁnd yourself short of?
Many people would probably be inclined to answer, Money. But in my experience, there is something much harder to manage—something I am much more often short of. It is, Time!
I ﬁnd time is the hardest thing in life to manage properly. For this reason, the stewardship of time is the supreme test of our personal discipline and of the genuineness of our Christian commitment. From my heart, therefore, I echo this prayer of the psalmist: Teach me to number my days aright. Practically, this means: Teach me to set my priorities in order. Teach me to give enough time to the things that matter most. Only in this way can I “gain a heart of wisdom.”
In the ﬁnal analysis, our priorities of time indicate the real values that govern our lives. Things that have a low priority will probably drop off the bottom of the list. If we do not give high priority to things that really matter—such as prayer and Bible reading—our whole lives will be out of order.
We may then be tempted to offer the excuse, “I didn’t have enough time.” But the real truth will be, “I didn’t make right use of my time.” Before it is too late, join with me in praying, Teach us to number our days aright.
Lord, I put my life before You as a blank sheet, and I ask You by Your Spirit to write upon it Your priorities for me.
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