“Any day spent with you is my favorite day, so today is my new favorite day” — Pooh
“There’s only one thing more precious than our time, and that’s who we spend it on” — Leo Christopher
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” — Psalm 90:12
As we approach the holiday season, thoughts about time seem to come up even more than usual. We’re full of nostalgia for the past, we speculate at what life will be like for future holidays, and we cling to the present as the time with family feels so special. At this time of year we notice how we are marked by the years that have passed, we’re more aware of the people that have so quickly come and gone, and we can even feel more fearful of what is to come.
The bible recognizes this human condition and encourages us to be aware of time. As the Psalmist points out, we should number our days – or be mindful of passing time – to gain wisdom. While we do so, we are to count each day as significant.
If we are aware of how time flies, maybe we won’t let it pass us by so quickly. If we keep this in mind, we might be better at soaking up each day and not taking it for granted. What is more, if we can be mindful of this all through the holiday season, maybe we will get closer to living fully in each moment. We all know that the times when we are living fully present and aware of our surroundings, life becomes most potent. An awareness of how precious our present time is keeps us living in the now with more patience, more love for one another, and more peace of mind.
Prayer today: to be mindful of our time and to especially notice how lucky we are to spend it with our loved ones.