As I sit and look at my calendar and realize that the end of January is in two days, I’m baffled. It seems like we just rang in the new year, yet one month is already gone. A co-worker shared this (below) a while ago, and it’s stuck with me. I can’t help but think about it as I ponder how quickly time (LIFE!) is passing.
“My daughter posed a question to my husband and I over dinner one night:
‘If you knew you were guaranteed to receive $86,400 a day, at 12:01 am every day for the rest of your life, how would you spend it?’
The only catch is that you must spend it. You can’t save it in any form, and whatever you don’t spend is gone forever.
Would you spend it all each and every day?
What would drive your decision regarding how much to spend and on what?
We started talking about all the things we might do with that money each day, how it would change our lives and how we could use it to contribute to the lives of others.
The more we talked about it we actually could begin to see that it would take work to spend that kind of money in a day if we wanted to be thoughtful and not just squander it. At some point we all began to realize the responsibility that would come along with such a gift. The following passage came to mind:
‘From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked’ (Luke 12:48)
Then she went on to say…there are 86,400 seconds in a day.
Of course, you spend them every single day for as long as you live. You can never get them back.
How do you spend them?
Do you give the same attention and consideration to how you spend your time each and every day as you would $86,400?
For every day you walk this earth you are given the gift of 86,400 seconds.
How will you spend your tomorrow?”