Jay's eDevotionals  

Sep 11

Another Birthday…So Learn to Count and Learn What Counts!

It is 9/11 and my oddly infamous birthday has rolled around for the 59th time. One friend told me, “You know that you are getting old when the candles cost more than your cake!”

As I pause to ponder God’s blessings of the past and His instructions for my future, the powerful truth of Psalm 90 steps to the center stage of my attention.  “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.  A thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by.  As for the days of our lives, they contain 70 years, or if due to strength, 80 years, yet soon it is gone and we fly away. So teach us to number our days that we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.”  The Lord invites us to learn to count and learn what counts!

This earthly passage is a temporary assignment. Our journey in this fallen world constitutes an obstacle course that constantly tests our ability to trust God. Wise people learn to count their limited days and then discern what really counts. Since my Dad died at age 75 on 9/11/96, my day count until graduating to Glory may be calculated to be near 5,840 (16 years x 365 days). How can I best utilize those days to make the maximum earthly and eternal impact? The answer emerges in Psalm 90:16, “Let Thy work appear to Thy servants.” Our gracious heavenly Father invites us to see His work and join Him! If I stay close to Jesus so I can see His activity and join His timeless task of redeeming lost and broken people, then my days will count!

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