Psalms 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Job 14 Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. . .
Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.
It’s not my intention to preach. I was just wondering about the origin of the phrase “our days are numbered” and an internet search led me to several passages from the Bible. My two favorite ones are above.
This made me begin thinking about what would happen if we all knew exactly how many days we had left to live. “What if . . .?” is a powerful beginning to any sentence. If you knew how many days you were allotted, how would it affect your decision-making process?
If you knew you had thirty days left on Earth, would you spend more time at work or more time with your loved ones? What would you stop doing because you realized it was pointless? How would your priorities change? Would you be nicer to people or would you give up all pretense of being nice and be the total jerk we all knew you were? How would you spend your final days, if you knew?
What if we all had the number of our days visible to everyone around us, like a glowing expiration date? Would you invest your time in someone you knew was going to expire long before you, or would you search out someone who was more longevity-compatible with you? Would someone who was short-dated be likely to be more honest or more deceitful in his dealings with you? How much more difficult would it be to find a job? Would there still be a market for life insurance?
A while back there was a country song titled “Live Like You’re Dying” or something similar. I wonder if that’s good advice or not. I guess it truly depends on the person. Some people would choose to do more good, some would embrace hopelessness and do more harm. If this advice means to live in the moment, to enjoy every second, every breath of life, then I can embrace it. That is the goal. That is my goal.
Not always easy to do. But I’m trying.
Your days are numbered. What will you do?