I’ll admit, my second initial thought when titling this post was the reference to The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green – I’m sure a lot of people know this book, right? Hazel Grace states in the eulogy, “You gave me a forever within the numbered days,” and I lose it at this point. Cue the waterworks from the audience!
If there was one Bible verse that stuck out to me the most as a kid, it’s this one: Psalms 90:12. It’s not a popular one that you may find on a card, or one that many would memorize as a child in Sunday school.
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (NIV)
I don’t remember the rest of the chapter or the context of this verse, but somehow, this one has always stuck with me. Without saying much, this verse speaks volumes.
Whether it’s taken in a biblical context or any other reference, I think it’s important to be wary of your days because we all are set to live on this planet for a certain number of days and years.
Gaining wisdom in the heart and mind are immensely important in life. There is so much growth within us. What if we lived life without a care of what tomorrow’s outcomes would bring?
I think of all the things I want to do on certain days and I wouldn’t want to be ignorant of the situation. I like knowing the details and facts about things in order to gain more knowledge, or even expand the capacity within my heart. I would also like to remain on the positive side in society instead of mucking my life up.
Also, it’s so humbling to learn something. Plus, you’re just a drag to know it all, right? In fact, one cool thing I’ve recently learned is that, not often, but a football helmet is used in the ER for a specific operation on patients!
Anyway, do what you will with that tidbit of information, haha. There are infinite numbers of choices for us to make daily. Options that we choose to accept or decline throughout our daily routines– or even ones we haven’t even considered available. Opportunities can take us all on different paths.
It’s incredible to think that as of today, July 12th, I’ve lived for 8,788 days, and there are still thousands of things that I don’t know that I want to learn! [Calculate here to see for yourself.]
Despite the frustration of it all, I’m meant to be where I am at this moment in life to grow and thrive even stronger on other days. I want to further the compassionate that I have for others through nitty gritty lessons that I’ve learned the hard ways. I want to learn as much as I can.
If I knew I’d only get, 21,915 days [60 years. Morbid? Yes, but stick with me on this example], I would have definitely lived it with the greatest measures of happiness and adventure! Of course, we don’t know how many days, or if we even get that many. I do know how I want to spend them, and it wouldn’t be in fear or carelessness!
I’m in awe of how many options we are given daily.
Do I want to make a spontaneous trip and go to this city for a day or two? Heck yes. Although, my wallet may shoot me down on that one. Should I change the course of my mindset in order to build a better tomorrow? Absolutely. Should I go out tonight with an unplanned itinerary and see what happens? Who’s stopping me?
Like the ocean and ever-changing sky, there is so much depth that we cannot help but have the hunger to discover their secrets. In life, it’s up to us to spend our days for ourselves. I’m choosing to continuously gain wisdom within my heart.
Hope you all have a lovely rest of the week!