“So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
What’s the best way for you to spend your time in 2015? When Moses wrote Psalm 90 his appeal to God was “teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” As we experience each day of the New Year, we need to pray for God’s help to wisely prioritize the things that really matter. Here are three days we need to number this year.
Days with God
There are only 52 Sundays in the year. Even if you attend all 52, 1 hour worship services, that will only add up to a little more than 6 work days or 2 complete days in worship out of 365. If you really want to see your faith increase, you’ll need to add more days with God by reading scripture, engaging in prayer, and having daily personal devotions.
Days with Family
Even though I work from home, I’m still working and not engaging my family. My daughter is gone to school eight hours a day, my son is at work, and my wife is working as well. Then weekends are usually taken up with ministry related activities. So I must be deliberate about planning family time, and so should you. Don’t let the year go by without making your family a priority. Actually, don’t let a week go by without spending some quality time with your family.
Days for Self
Work, school, church, and extra activities can crowd us in easily. We may look up from our desks in June and realize we haven’t had a break. By then it’s too late. Make time to refresh yourself this year. You’re not good to your family, church, or job if you’re burned out. Be deliberate about taking time for yourself and protecting that time with a kind but firm “no” when others try to add to your schedule.
Pray and ask God to give you wisdom on how to manage your time in 2015. With his guidance, this will be your best year.