Merry Christmas! In addition to celebrating the birth and purpose of Jesus today, I also feel thankful for the time that God has given me thusfar. As 2016 comes quickly to a close, I am grateful that I have been blessed with the God-given health, endurance, and wisdom needed to perservere during this roller-coaster of a year.
We must remember that tomorrow – let alone our next moment – is not promised. Every day that we get to open our eyes is a gift, even if what lay in front of us for the day appears overwhelming. Some people are desperately hoping for another day (indeed, another moment!), due to health ailments or other hardships of life; and I am ashamed to think of the frivolous ways (worry? Stress? Being too self-focused?) that I have wasted the precious time that I have been given.
As it says in Psalm 118:24 (ESV):
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
It seems to me that we have a choice: The Lord has clearly made each day, but it’s up to us whether or not we choose to “rejoice and be glad in it”. What will your choice be today?
Here is my prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the gift of time. Help me to remember that I need to be a good steward of this irreplaceable resource, and that You will hold me accountable for how I use the time allotted to me. As it says in Psalm 90:12 (NASB), “… teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Please help me to number my days, Lord, so that I may look back on all that You’ve done for me in 2016 with a heart of wisdom and gratitude. In Your name I pray, Amen.