January 20

Written by Bill Grandi on January 20th, 2022

If you were given $86,400 each morning what would you do?  Oh…one stipulation: use it or lose it. You either use all $86,400 each day or you forfeit the unused portion. What would you do? Withdraw it, of course.

The point to be made is that each day we are given 86,400 seconds. We have to use them all because they don’t carry over to the next day. (I think that is why when we say, “I’m going to catch up on my sleep” we don’t. We can’t because that ship has sailed).

As followers of Jesus we are told to “redeem the time.” I take that to mean we are to use it wisely. In Psalm 90:12 it says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” (NASB2020). We are told elsewhere that our steps are ordered by the Lord.

We only have so many days here on earth. And there is only ONE who knows how many. Redeeming the time means that however many days I have here on earth, I will use them wisely. I am currently 69 years old. You have to tack on a few months since my birthday is in October. If I figure only 365 days/year-not counting Leap Year-and don’t count the days since my birthday, I have lived over 25,185 days. (No wonder I’m tired). I’ll let you do the math on how many seconds that is.

Truthfully, that is not what is important. What IS important is how I have marked my time today and will mark whatever is left in the future. Today is the day God has given me. I need to use it wisely.

Are you?

“Father, thank You for the time we have had together and thank You for the time we will have. Help me to mark my days and use them wisely.”


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lying there in that hospital bed, God made it crystal clear to me that in His economy, no time is wasted. It is never a misuse of time to simply be still, to listen, to pray, when nothing else can be done. It’s not about doing, it’s about being.
    Blessings, Bill!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You are so right Martha. I remember the quote attributed to Jim Elliott. ‘Wherever you are be all there.” I think God is saying that to us because He is.

  2. Ryan S. says:

    What a day!!!
    Your post got me thinking…
    How often have I said… “I can’t wait for the weekend” or “I wish this day would just end”

    Today was kind of like that. Back to back meetings. In a 9 hour period I had 3 1/2 hour breaks, the rest… conference calls.

    But then I look at your post… and realize that even the minutes on those calls are numbered. Can’t get them back, so might as well make the most of them.

    Thanks for he reminder today to use my time more wisely.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      There are just some days like that you know? I’m glad you were able to stop and see that each second is in God’s hands.

  3. Linda Stoll says:

    i was going to make a comment about the seconds and then i saw Martha here and i am so happy to see her again!!!!