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Are you numbering your days?
Today’s post was birthed during a morning swim, as I was remembering last night…
Number My Days was one of the first Scripture inspired piano melodies I composed. It was the summer of 2000. We had a three-year old son, and were expecting our second child that fall (we were blessed with a baby girl). When I was creating this piece, I was meditating on Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (NIV). The Message says it like this — “Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well!”
Here is what happened last night…
This same “baby girl” (now our thirteen-year old daughter) wanted to go with her friends for pizza after the swim meet. It was 11 p.m. and meant we would be out until midnight. I knew we would be tired this morning, and it might even make for long day. Yet, I knew that one hour would be worth it, one of those priceless moments woven into the fabric of daily life. It was a “number my days” moment to treasure with my daughter.
Treasuring life’s “priceless” moments is like pausing to treasure a beautiful sunrise. Being intentional to invest our living to “number our days” is like making the effort to rise early to witness a breathtaking view. I hope this music-words combination is a blessing and encouragement to you today.
What is a recent “number my days” memory for you? How can you apply this to an upcoming life event?