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November 10, 1993

2,100 Days and Counting

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The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. PROVERBS 10:27
One of our board members opened up a meeting by stating that he makes it a practice to keep track of how many days he has left. Scripture teaches us to number our days (Psalm 90:12), he said, and having a number that he is counting down toward helps him to remain focused on the task at hand. It also reminds him to make every day count for Christ.
To begin, he looked at his family history, projected realistically how long he might live, and started counting down the days. Had he wanted to, he also could have visited various Web sites that allow users to plug in data about themselves and then tell them how long they have to live, statistically. Armed with that information, he could have programmed his computer to announce the number of days he has left when he turned it on every day.
This might sound a bit morbid, but the application is clear. We might not go to the extreme of checking off our days on a chart, but we do need to recognize our mortality. We need to acknowledge that someday we will run our last lap. And with that in mind, we need to embrace a lifestyle today that will allow us to be fulfilled and happy when we cross the finish line of life.
That lifestyle, according to Proverbs 10:27, is one that gives prominence to the fear of the Lord. This verse doesn’t mean that if we love God and obey His commands, we’ll all live to be one hundred years old. It does mean, however, that if we live in correct union with Him, patterning our lives after the model set forth in Scripture, we can expect to live fuller, richer lives.
Are you making the most of the days that you have left?

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