Psalm 90:12 challenges us to a lifestyle that God calls living wisely. Moses wrote these words: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” What does it mean to live wisely and to have a heart of wisdom? How can we understand the eternal importance of each new day; making each day count while numbering our days?
Listen, brothers and sisters, nowhere does that mean more in your life than with your family — treating each person as if this were the only day you will have with them. It is time for you and me to cherish the miracle of one more great day with our families to build an everlasting home. When you break the challenge of making a marriage work or being a parent into the bite-size chunks called days, it takes a lot of the fear and anxiety out of “growing a family.” Quit thinking in terms of months and years, and start cherishing life in moments. That kind of attitude keeps your spiritual perspective where it needs to be. When you have this mindset, you will have no time or desire to focus on the evil that pervades our world on a daily basis. This will allow you to focus on making this a great day for your family and the relationships you have with others throughout the day. So, each day ask yourself these questions: Have I said something really encouraging to those that I have come in contact with today? Have I taken personal responsibilities for my actions and said, “I’m sorry” and “please forgive me” when I have been in the wrong? Have I kept the boundaries clear today and enforced them consistently? Have I given each person all of me at least once today? Have I done something today that makes each person feel loved, cared for and wanted? Have I shared a God-moment with those whom I have met today? That last point is the point of being a Christian.
Now please understand what I am telling you is not some new legalism or performance chart for you to measure yourself by. This is not a check list which will make you feel good at the end of the day. No, this is meant to be a lifestyle that you live consistently day in and day out. This attitude and action is to be second nature to you. These thoughts and actions are here just to give you the feel of what a great day is like with the people you love the most. Remember, these are the people that God has carefully entrusted to your loving care. Now we all know that there is no quick, random or instant way to build a family. You have to be a “building engineer,” and you are to add another “building block” each new day to the spiritual family you are building. If you walk in the Spirit, you will end up building a home instead of a house. You will be building lasting relationships, and you will build lives that will last throughout eternity.
So, brothers and sisters, get your “work gloves” on and start building a building that God will honor when He says, “Well done my good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of the Lord.”