Leap Day

  • Feb. 29, 2008
  • #6740

Joni shares how Leap Day is a good reminder for us to number our days.

AL:  Well, this is a rare day!  Only comes around once in a...

JONI:  ... blue moon!

AL:  ... it's not that rare! 

JONI:  But every four years we get to rack up those extra minutes...

AL:  ... and stick them into a complete 24-hour day! 

JONI:  Which is why whenever February 29th rolls around, I'm always talking about Psalm 90:12 where it says, "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." 

AL:  And Leap Day reminds us that even our minutes are to be numbered...

JONI:  You know, Al, I have this habit - really I do -- of numbering my days:  When I wake up in the morning, -- and you can ask the girls who get me up -- I make a point of thinking, "Lord, this day is worth a thousand years of eternity and that means that the people I meet, the letters I write, the phone calls I answer, the conversations I have... all things have value in Your sight.  Teach me to measure each moment."

AL:  It occurs to me, Joni, that of all the things to be counted, the hardest thing to do is to number our days.  You know, we number everything else so easily.  We know how much money we have in our wallet... how much we have in the bank... ranchers number their cattle. 

JONI:  Restaurants number meals served in a week.  Teachers check off attendance records.  Gardeners can tell you how many plants are in the backyard. 

AL:  Yet we find it hard to number something so precious as our days. 

JONI:  You know, I wonder if that's because we see our days as kind of endless stretching on and on.  They seem to go on forever and so, we assume there's no need to number them.  And, of course, things we fail to account for, we waste.  Friend, that's why it is wise to ask God to teach us to consider each day separate from the next, distinct in its purpose, unique in the way it is to be lived.

AL:  This is a good lesson for this extra day in the calendar we've been given. 

JONI:  ... and we've been given this day by God.  What a gift!  You know we're always asking for extra hours in our day, well, ...

AL:  24 of them!

JONI:  James 4:14 says, "What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."  And if we need another reminder of the brevity of our days, Isaiah 40:6-7 says, "All men are like grass.  The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them.  Surely the people are grass."  Surely the people are grass.  You know when the people finally do arrive in heaven, I think we will be surprised by many things, but nothing... I don't think anything will amaze us more than how short life on earth really was.

AL:  So let's repeat that verse for February 29th one more time:  Teach us to number our days...

JONI:  God's teaching us something pretty important today... so everybody listen up...

AL:  ... we are to number our days in order to apply our heart to wisdom...

JONI:  ... and that means living each day wisely, circumspectively, carefully, and with an eye to doing all to God's glory.  God has written this day in His book, February 29th, so may He teach us all to spend it prudently for His glory.

 ©  Joni and Friends

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