Should You Count Your Days?

count-your-daysShould we count our days when we are in so much pain? Karlton shares.

“You say, ‘I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity.'” (Psalm 75:2)

I recently heard about a Kickstarter program for a watch called Tikker. Evidently, along with the time of day, Tikker will tell you how long you have to live, giving you the years, weeks, days, hours, and minutes you have left on this earth.

While there is something morbid about being fascinated by how long we may have to live, the idea of making each day count, and not wasting time is quite biblical.

It is disturbing to think that with life so short, many people waste time being angry, upset, resentful, unforgiving, bitter, and living fruitless lives–squandering the precious time God has given us. I would hate to look back on my life and realize that large portions of it were wasted acting outside of God’s will, or merely letting time slip by without ever using it wisely.

My guess is that those of us with illness and disability are very aware of our mortality and that things previously taken for granted can disappear quickly. We have seen our healthy days slip by to be replaced by pain, struggles, and challenges of all sorts that force us to keep one eye on the clock of our lives even as we seek to accomplish tasks that once posed no challenge for us.

And it may be that you sometimes feel you are stuck in time with your illness, moving neither forward nor backward, but placed in a sort of limbo of unwellness that keeps you from making use of the time you are given. Our afflictions can seem to manipulate the clock, both leaving us stuck and also robbing us of time.

Call upon the Lord to help you live wisely with your time no matter what the clock may say.

Prayer: Dear Lord, time slips by quickly, and our illnesses can rob us of the quality of time we had hoped for. Help us not to forget that our time is in Your hands, and enable us to make the most of our precious time. Amen.

About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He often feels that time is a thief, and with affliction it is difficult to avoid the feeling of being robbed by time.

Do you feel that your time slipping by? Do you feel that precious time has been stolen from you?

If you are needing just a moment to worship the Lord and all joy that we can have knowing that nothing will ever separate us from His live, take a few minutes to listen to this song, “Whom Shall I Fear” with Chris Tomlin. I think you will like it. -Lisa

2 thoughts on “Should You Count Your Days?

  1. good one again, karlton. thank you. i’m sorry for the illness you have and no matter what you write, it will never be worth it to me, that you have it. (maybe to you–I would never want to be the person I was before i became so ill with bipolar. we face the fact that not only is time not in our hands, but even our physical hands are in the hands of our illnesses much of the time (for example, when our illness takes our life through suicide…) and we pass from this land of the dying to the land of the eternally living.) yes, moses, God’s friend, asks God, “Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise” (ps. 90). then we will pass from this land of the dying into the land of the living! through Christ’s death there is life in the real, permanent world with God (and it started when we believed–death is only a continuation of the eternal life God already gave us). write some more! lauren

  2. Lauren,
    I can’t honestly say I would have chosen the hard things I’ve been through. Have they made me a better person, more useful to God? Probably. I don’t see it so much that God gave me these illnesses, but rather I live in a sin-sickened world and my body is affected by it. How I choose to face this illness is up to me. Thankfully, for you and me, we don’t go through it alone, God is with us, in us, and His angels watch over us. Through Him we have peace and comfort in spite of our illnesses.
    I don’t have bipolar, but have dealt with depression for many years. Medicine, counselors, and learning to rely upon God more than ourselves can get us through the depression and distraught emotions. I think over time we learn more and get better at dealing with these challenges. Yet we should reach out for help when necessary as well.
    Take care and God Bless you Lauren.

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