Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men. – Colossians 3:23.
Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. — Psalm 90:12
On Monday, I had my math students figure out the approximate number of days they had left to live if they should live to average life expectancy. Most of them got around 23,000 days. I asked them if they felt like that was a lot of days. Most agreed that it did not.
This got me to thinking. If I make it to 75 years old, I only have about 13,000 days left in my own life. Because I was in a math mood, I went ahead and figured out how many school days I have left until I can retire from teaching. At the time I will publish this WMD, the number of days I have left to work is 2,033.
At first, it sounded like a lot. Then, I thought about Colossians 3:23. As far as what I do for a living, I only have a couple thousand more tries to actually put all of my heart into my work and teach students math. I have 2,033 more attempts to honor the one I call my Lord and Savior in what it is that I do.
It is amazing how much of my life I have wished away. I remember sitting in 3rd grade thinking that I would NEVER get out of school. In a sense, I guess I never have. But, the point is that my school days did eventually come to an end. I thought college was really hard. Thus, I wished those days away as well. They too swiftly came to an end. Now, retirement (at least from classroom teaching) looms in the next decade. Should I wish these days away as well? No way! I want to make the most of every day from here on out. Every day that I have left, I want to put on my spiritual armor, pick up my sword of the Spirit, and fight for my King. I want to fight to live for Him and honor Him in all that I do. All He asks of me is to give my best. All He asks is for me to work for Him.
I can do that. I don’t always feel like it, but I’m finally learning that it doesn’t matter what I feel like. I only have 2,033 more tries. I can’t trust my feelings, but I can trust Him. He says “work at it with all your heart like you are working for me.”
If you call Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, join me in working for Him today. No matter how many days you have left, it isn’t that many, especially in light of eternity. The Bible describes our lives as vapors. Soon, we will be with Him in Heaven. It will be easy to work for Him then. But until then . . .
Let us choose to work for Him now