Take a Count

written by Barb Howe
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Many “new” things take place during the month of January. Numbers on calendar years, for starters. Something about inking new dates sparks our thoughts on how we might make improvements in our lives. For many, this includes a renewed push for spiritual change. In the midst of nature’s winter rest, our hearts have time to consider all that God has done for us. Start with being alive and go from there. The list is endless; you’ll see that once you start tabulating the items. Do it with a heart of gratitude.

“Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Psalm 90:12

In Psalm 90, Moses reminds us that the God of all creation has assigned to each of us a certain number of days. None of us knows how many days we have been allotted, therefore, we don’t know how many more sunrises will awaken us. The best advice I’ve ever been given on this subject is to “treat each day as if it is your last”. Someday, that truth will become reality.

In the meantime, we all have this in common: regardless of our circumstances, we get to decide how we will respond. We can either have a bad day or a good day. Search out the good. It’s a lot more fun that way.

As older adults, a simple mathematical calculation tells us we have more earthly time in our past than in our future. This means we are nearer to the day when we will stand face-to-face with the One who created us. Pause for a moment to consider that. Then, with reverent fear and humble praise, ask how you can make the most of the time you have remaining.

Ponder how you will continue to grow and mature in the kind of faith that comes only through experiencing the trials of life. We all get to have them. During these times, rely on God’s wisdom as James 1:5 advises. If you do, the Lord promises to give freely without finding fault. Definitely a win-win, so don’t hesitate to ask Him for wisdom as often as you wish.

Count the different ways, and the manner in which you interact with your children and grandchildren. God has given us a duty as older family members to share the reason for our hope with younger generations. Back in Deuteronomy 6, Moses relayed this command to the Israelites. It applies today as much as ever. Let your actions speak words of wisdom. Temper your words with love, but don’t neglect your role as a disciple.

As you take account of your life, be sure to take a count of all the ways you are passing along the faith you have in Christ. If there are areas in your life that need improvement, make them. If you have found success in encouraging others to come to faith in Christ, praise God! The ultimate reward for your obedience is spending eternity in fellowship with people you love in the presence of the One who loves us all beyond comprehension. Count on it.

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Barb Howe

Barb Howe edits blog posts at christiangrandparenting.com . She is a contributing author for a Guideposts book, has been published in Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr., written multiple memoirs, and published numerous articles and posts for various organizations. "Stormy Encounters" is her first teen/YA work of fiction, available on Amazon in spring 2023. View "Wheels", the book's prequel short story at barbhowe.org.


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