I lost a cousin this week.
But she was so much more than a cousin. When my sister and I talked early this morning and remembered our childhood, there aren’t too many memories that didn’t include this cousin. Every Christmas and many other holidays included her and her family. My dad and her dad were brothers. For many years we lived right next door. They had a pool and us kids, most summer days, could be found there sometime during the day. My uncle (her dad) has been gone for many, many years. Her 3 sisters moved out west and she was the only sibling left in Indiana. So she adopted my dad as her dad. And our family as her family. The last few years of my dad’s life my cousin and her husband were weekly visitors with milk shakes, magazines, flowers, and welcome conversation. They brought board games, to the delight of my dad, and had hours of fun.
She had been sick for a few weeks but we didn’t know that her last precious days were numbered.
Then I got to thinking…………..days are numbered.
Aren’t all our days numbered? The Bible says they are in Psalms 90:12 ESV
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Some of us may have a lot of days left in our bank but some others may be close to using their number of days up. My bank has a low balance alert that you can sign up for. If your checking balance falls below a certain number they send you an alert to transfer money from your savings to your checking account. But, sadly, life doesn’t work that way. There is no alert when funds (days) are running low. No account to transfer more days from.
So I need to make each day count !!! Now, I don’t mean that I have to do all the things on my bucket list at a frenzied pace. But, I need to live in the present – fully and with joy. I’ve been so guilty at times of regretting the past – and working it over in my mind. If I had done this – this would have happened. But those days are PAST and can’t be replaced. Or trying to figured out the future and all the scenarios that could happen so I’d be prepared. But do you know what ? So many of those things just don’t happen.
So how can I value each day?
First, I think it starts by giving each day over to the Lord.
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 KJV
When I start the day talking to God I realize that my day, the good, the bad, and all in between, belongs to Him. He knows the day before me and is able to keep me in His care no matter what happens.
Then, to value the day I need to focus on that day. Not yesterday or tomorrow. Feel the warm sunshine, smell the fragrant roses planted at the end of the driveway, rejoice in a call from my daughter, enjoy the sweet touch of my husband as he goes past me in my chair, savor the meal in the crock pot, and on and on. My mom used to say, “Don’t borrow trouble from tomorrow.”
I need to count my blessings. Tom and I have a warm and cozy house to live in. The pantry is full. We are close to family. Our new church has been a source of some wonderful new friends. We are busy, content in the things we are trying to do. Both of us are fairly healthy. Sooo many things are on the positive side that I have nothing to complain about.
Finally, in numbering my days I need to cherish the fact that the One who holds the number of my days is the One who can go with me always.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6b NIV
God can redeem my past from my mistakes. He will walk with me in the future. So starting today I’m going to make my days count. Count for joy, contentment, love, fulfillment, happiness, and appreciation in the moment.
I pray that I can make each of my numbered days count !!!
How about you – how can you value the number of your days?