God’s Word instructs us to number our days and consider our lifespan. This is so that we will more carefully invest our time in important things.
I’ve developed a simple tool to quantify our time on earth.
I call it the “lifeday.” It goes something like this.
What if we condensed our entire lives down to a single day that begins at 6:00 a.m. and finishes at 10:00 p.m. We can relate to this, because it roughly matches our waking hours (shift the start and finish time two hours if you typically awake at 8:00 a.m. and go to bed at midnight, etc.).
For the sake of simplicity, I’ve rounded off numbers. So we’re going to assume that we’ve been given 80 years to live. Find your age in the left column, and then see what time it is in your “lifeday.”
Every hour in this day equals 5 years in your life. That means that every 12 minutes equals one year; every minute represents a month, and every two seconds represents a day. If you’re 33 years old, it’s 12:36 p.m. If you’re 49 years old it’s 3:48 p.m. If you’re 61 years old, it’s 6:12 p.m. If you’re 77 years old, it’s 9:24 p.m.
Of course, this is not an exact science. Some of you have stayed up long past your bedtime (good for you!). More importantly, we’re not promised tomorrow, and so we shouldn’t presume that we have a certain number of years remaining to live. But this “lifeday” does help us measure our days and take stock in how we’re doing.
For me, it’s 2:21 p.m.
What time is it for you?
And how do you want to invest the rest of your “day”?