Saturday, February 21, 2009

Time - a precious gift

Today, I had my Sabbath service at the Seventh-Day Adventist church in Pasay City, Metro Manila with my wife and my baby Kaycee. It was a bit hot inside so I left as soon as the sermon was over, but the message stuck to me today. I don't even really remember the title and for the most part, the pillars of the church covered the PowerPoint presentation. But the core message, which was based on Psalms 90, stuck to me...enough to write about it.

God gave us this precious life, this precious gift called time. Most of us will average to live around 75 years, that's roughly about 27,375 days. So if you are 20 years old, you have roughly 20,000 days to live. If you are 30 years old, you have 16,425 days to live. If you are 40 years old, that's about 12,775 days to live. If you are 50 years old, you only have 9,125 days to live.

The message of the sermon was pretty clear, count your days and be responsible for it -- because your time is short on this earth. While I cling to the promise of eternal life through Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross, I realized today to pause and appreciate the precious time that have been given on this earth. As I travel through the passage of time, and as my kids (baby Kaycee and the future baby Don) some day grow up -- I hope they learn this lesson at an early age: Count the days of your life, so you can always know how precious it is.

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