At a management conference I attended a few years ago, the speaker was talking about how to cut costs in running in an office.
One suggestion was to avoid keeping an abundance of office supplies available. He said that when employees think there’s an unlimited availability of scotch tape and file folders and ink pens and copy paper, they tend to be wasteful — as in: There’s plenty more where that came from.
But if they go to the store room and see only one or two of each item, the scarcity will motivate them to be a little more thrifty.
Does it work? I’m not sure.
But I do know that the Christian life is not about scarcity, it’s about abundance. And for the things that matter most, we have more than we’ll ever need. I’m talking about mercy, joy, forgiveness, peace, love, blessings, favor, and every other good gift. These we have in abundance.
But one area of life is defined by scarcity.
I’m talking about the number of our days on earth. They aren’t many. Even if you live to a ripe old age, it’s still a pretty small number. It’s like a vapor in the wind.
For this reason, we need to recognize the value — and appreciate the significance — of every single day that comes our way.
I love how the Living Bible paraphrased King David’s words…
Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should. (Psalm 90:12)
This is your day — one of a (relatively speaking) very few. And if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s the only scarce thing about you.
With this in mind, here are five ways to make the most of this limited commodity called today.
1. Spend time in the Word and fellowship with God.
Without a doubt, the best use of your time on any day.
2. Eat something healthy.
Your body will say “Thank you.”
3. Take some time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you.
Listen to uplifting music. Talk a short walk in the sunshine, or a quick walk with your umbrella. Sit in the open air and relax — for as many minutes as you can afford — thanking God for every good gift.
4. Do something for someone.
Even if there’s no pro quo for the quid. Even if credit doesn’t come back to you. Look for an opportunity to bless someone, no strings attached.
5. Go to sleep earlier than you have to…
So that tomorrow you can get up earlier than you need to … and get a jump start on the new day.
There’s a great song that talks about the importance of each day…
We have this moment to hold in our hands,
To touch as it slips through our fingers like sand;
Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come,
But we have this moment today.
We Have This Moment: Words and music by Bill and Gloria Gaither. © 1975 William J. Gaither, Inc.
Today shouldn’t be taken lightly. Let’s live this day, then, as if everything about it matters. Because it does.