Jo’s Journal: Life is Short


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Life is Short

Cherish Each Moment

by Joanne Troppello


I saw the following Bible verse tweeted out today by a fellow writer that I follow on Twitter and it only just confirmed what has been on my heart lately.


“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12 (NKJV)

The New Living Translation (NLT) says: Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Whether you like number your days or realize the brevity of life – or don’t like either at all – they both mean that we should have a perspective that focuses on how short life is, and how we should make every moment count.


Your life is likely very busy. Mine is too. It’s nice when I get a chance to relax at night before going to bed. Yet, during the hustle and bustle of the day, I’m usually focusing on getting the next task done, not focusing on how short life is.


Let’s face it. Thinking about the brevity of life is not something you or I probably like to do. However, it’s good to be reminded every now and then of how short life is. That reminder may come when a tragedy strikes and a family member, friend, or someone you know passes away. Maybe that reminder comes when you read a Bible verse like I did today, or simply just that the busyness of life is stressing you out and you wonder if you’ll ever catch up with your to-do list.


Embrace Each Moment in Life


Whatever way that reminder comes to you, embrace it. Use it as an opportunity to reevaluate how you’re spending your time each day. Maybe you got into a rut and have been wasting too much time watching TV, scrolling through your social media feeds, or doing some other aimless activities.


Now, I do believe that finding a balance in life is good. Watching TV and doing other aimless activities are not necessarily bad. It’s just good to take the time to reassess the way you spend your time daily—so that you can be more productive in accomplishing God’s will for your life.


Welcoming God’s Wisdom


I love the second part of Psalm 90:12. When you allow God to teach you to number your days, the goal is to “gain a heart of wisdom”. That’s something we all need.


Some synonyms for wisdom are sageness, intelligence, insight, perception, perceptiveness, acuity, and discernment. When you regularly take stock of your life, you get the chance to make positive changes and become more effective in all areas.


Maybe your taking stock of your life, time takes one day or a week. It can be different every time you go through this – and believe me, it’s good to do this multiple times during the year.


Again, life is short. Don’t waste time. By evaluating how and why you’re doing things, you will be able to become more successful as an individual – in all your relationships, in your professional life, and in your spiritual life.


“Cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey.” – Jack Layton

Do you take the time to reevaluate your life throughout the year?

About the Author


Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.