I remember having Advent Calendars when we were growing up. Sometimes our Grandma even sent us ones that were filled with chocolate! Each day before Christmas was a special chocolate surprise. And then when summer vacation was only a few months away, my friends and I began writing a countdown in our assignment books for school. We couldn't wait for the school year to be finished! As I've gotten older, however, I've gotten less occupied with encouraging time to hurry and more occupied with wishing that it might tarry a little longer. See, at some point in time I actually turned 31 years old. I'm not sure where all of those 31 years went, but I do know that I don't have them anymore. I'm closer to the day of my death now than ever before, and that means I need to make every day count.
Solomon said that "it is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting" in Ecclesiastes 7:2a. Why? Because it gives us a proper perspective of our time here on earth. Your life and mine is a ticking clock, and our days are limited. We need to number them so we don't forget their importance – lest we be tempted to spend our precious time in an unwise way.
How are you spending your days? Are you numbering them so as to make the most of each one that's given. Remember that we are not guaranteed about tomorrow. Today is our only certainty. Spend your days wisely.