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Number Your Days

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase number your days and I’m sure it has had several meaning to you, but where did the phrase originate? The answer: The Bible. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days carefully, so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.”

What exactly does that even mean? Mark each day off on the calendar? Be sure to start a new years resolution so you don’t waste another year? Have a mid life crisis because your life isn’t as glamorous as you pictured it as a kid?

Not exactly.

We only have a limited amount of time here, and we do not know the length of that time.  Knowing what to do with the time we have is a very important thing. We need to look to God and ask Him to teach us what the most important things in life are…He made us, He knows. If this becomes ingrained in us, it will become natural for us to do what is important and not waste time on unimportant things. In order to learn what God wants you to so with yourself, you need to spend time with God asking in prayer and listening to His Word. Spending some time with God daily has been key to learning about what to do with myself.

The cool part of this practice is when you stay persistent with it, God will grant you wisdom in this area. The important things in life become clearer and clearer.

Instead of freaking out about time that you’ve wasted, sit down with God and have Him help you number tomorrow. What is it you’re supposed to do tomorrow. Take it one day at a time.

For me it has meant blocking how much time I spend on social media…no really…I have an app that cuts me off! This was one of my biggest time wasters, now I can use that time more wisely.

I’m not sure what God’s plan looks like for you, but like for me, it is way better than scrolling thru facebook.

Back to the original question: what does it mean to number your days?

Find value in each day by carefully evaluating what is important. God will develop the wisdom to do this within you.

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Love each other

In the Book of John, Jesus says the same thing to His disciples 3 times: Love one another. If Jesus says something 3 times, we better listen!

3 points on loving one another from Jesus written in the Book of John.

1. Jesus commands us to love.

“This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you. You are My friends if you do what I command you. This is what I command you: Love one another.” (John 15:12,14,17)

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.” (John 13:34)

Pretty straight forward there. This is not a suggestion, a random thought or idea, it is an order. Love others as God loves us. Very easy to say, very hard to do at times.

2. Jesus says that loving others glorifies God and is proof of The Holy Spirit working in us.

“My Father is glorified by this [love] : that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.” (John15:8)

I made Your name known to them and will make it known, so the love You have loved Me with may be in them and I may be in them. (John 17:26 HCSB)

By this [ love] all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35 HCSB)

Now, lets not confuse this with salvation thru works. You cannot get yourself into heaven just by being nice. Once you have accepted Christ, the Holy Spirit will begin to work thru you. The natural outflow from this will be love. The Holy Spirit will also give you the strength to love in those times you don’t want to be loving. God will be glorified when we treat others with love.

3. Love is placing others above yourself.

No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

Love is an action, not just a feeling. Love is something you do or say to show someone else that you value them more than yourself. Notice there is sacrifice involved. Obviously the greatest sacrifice would be to give your life for someone else, but can be as simple as biting your tongue when you want to rip into someone or changing your plans to help someone.

Time to take a gut check. Are you showing God’s love to others or are you keeping it to yourself? Are you placing others above yourself or are you placing your own wants and needs above others? I’ve noticed that I sometimes struggle to continuously show love to those who are closest to me, especially when the love is not reciprocated. Stay strong and let The Holy Spirit work through you!

Obviously there is a lot more Jesus has to say about love, this is just a sampling from the Book of John.