Teach Us to Number Our Days
By Sandra Felton
When a single marble fell out of the pocket of my jacket, I remembered
where I had gotten it. Walt had given me that marble from his
pocket as we chatted after church. Sometimes he brought them to
church to give to the children.
“This was last week,” he said. “It was a pretty
Then he explained what he meant. Though he is happy and healthy,
he had estimated (I supposed using actuarial tables) how many
more weeks he could expect to live and put a marble for each week
into a jar. Every Sunda,y he removed a marble from the jar and
watched the pile shrink. It encouraged him to realize the importance
of each day; sort of his version of "It's a Wonderful Life."
Talk about a time management concept! We have an opportunity
to do important things that need to be done. But that time is
limited. For Christians, our jar of marbles stands for the life
that God has put within us.
The psalmist tells us,
“Teach us to number our days and
recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should”
(Psalm 90:12, TLB).
Walt's approach does not appeal to me; seems kind of grim, actually.
But Walt's idea makes a good point: If we stop to think about
it, as we do it very seldom, we can look at Walt's visual approach
of our dwindling lives in a positive way, a cozy reminder that
we have a bunch of wonderful marbles to spend in whatever way
Therefore, the best thing to do is to ask God to do for us the
same two things the psalmist prayed:
• Teach us to number our days
• Help us to spend them as we should
Umm… maybe a jar of marbles would be a good idea. Then
again, maybe not.
Sandra Felton, the "Organizer Lady",
is the founder of Messies Anonymous and author of several books
on the topic of getting your home organized. To find out more
about Sandra, visit her Web site www.messies.com.
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