Daily Dose, June 22

So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. (Psalm 90:12) Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses and the most of it rubs me the wrong way. “You turn us back to dust”, “we are consumed by Your anger”, “You have set our iniquities before you”, are sobering phrases. I wish I could talk with Moses and get him to help me dig a little deeper into his thinking. My thoughts about God are generally by words like mercy, forgiveness, grace and my cup runneth over kind of phrases. But, the simple statement asking God to teach us to number our days is solid gold. Teach us that life is a gift that the clock is ticking and our time is slip sliding away. Not so we can live a long-faced mule kind of life, but so we can live one day at a time with confidence and joy. A friend from my high school days called yesterday morning to tell me that Claire was losing her battle with cancer. I remember Claire beautiful and strong so full of life and laughter. It’s been 16,790 days since we received our diplomas and wrote notes in the annual Chieftain. So, make good decisions with your eyes always on the horizon of time. And don’t eat half a donut or leave any milkshake in the bottom of the cup. Y’all come, -- Dr. Don Martin