By Linda Cox

While visiting my 90-plus grandmother in the nursing home, I told her about  preparations for Daddy’s birthday. She asked how old he was. I can’t remember his exact age at that time but he was in his 70s. When I told Grandma that, she thought for a moment and then said, “Wow. I have a son that old?”

I laughed as I reminded her that she was in her 90s. She pondered that for awhile and then said, “Well, that means you’re no spring chicken either.”

Thank you very much, Grandma. Out of the mouths of babes and the elderly!

BUT it did put things into perspective.

This happened about fifteen years ago, and I am definitely NOT a spring chicken now. Not sure that I’m in the “old hen” category yet, but I also know I have fewer years left to live than I have lived.

And now it’s my turn to ponder. Especially about one of my favorite Scripture verses— Psalm 90:12: Teach us to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

We don’t know how many days God has planned for our lives. But however many He’s given us, they are GIFTS for us to use in living a life for Him. As we start a new year, resolutions abound. Whatever resolutions we do make, right at the top of the list could very well be Psalm 90:12.

Whether baby chicks, spring chickens, or tough old birds, may we make our days count in 2012 as we grow in the wisdom of the Lord. And may we remember that even when our time here on earth is over, we will have all eternity with the One Who teaches us to number our earthly days aright.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years

Bright shining as the sun

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

Than when we first begun.

(from “Amazing Grace”)