It scarcely seems possible that another year has come and gone, but here we are in 2012. While each year we live contains the same 365 days (with the exception of leap year), our perception as we age is that each new year passes more quickly than those that preceded it. I once heard a mathematical explanation for that which made sense to me. As a youngster of let’s say 6 years old, the current year represents one-sixth of our lifetime. As a senior adult of 80, that same year represents just one-eightieth of our life. So while the number of days and the time span is identical for each, the year seems to have passed more quickly for the older adult since it’s a smaller fraction of his life.
What should we do with the fleeting years that remain for us here on earth? I like the advice that Moses gives us in Psalm 90:12 where he expresses this prayer to God, “So teach us to number our days that we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.” A wise heart is a gift that we can give back to God. We can and should continue to grow in the knowledge of God each new year that He allows us to live. Godly wisdom comes from spending time with God in the Scriptures and allowing Him to speak to us both through the Word and in prayer.
Another verse that comes to mind is Eph. 5:17 that encourages us to redeem the time, because the days are evil. While we cannot literally buy back time that has elapsed, we can utilize the remaining time we have to love God, love people, and make disciples as our church’s mission statement reads. That’s a worthy goal for 2012 for each of us.