I walked into work one day and the marketing director met me by the door and gestured for me to follow him into our conference room.

I’ve never forgotten this moment since then and have actually drawn the image he showed me in the back of one of my journals.

He walked me up to a dry erase board and in a very dry voice said, “The average life span of an American is about 80 years old, so that’s about how long you have to make something happen for your family and the generations that follow. Here’s how you should look at it.”

He then began to draw on the dry erase board.


He divided up the 80 years in 20 year increments he called ‘quarters’ (like basketball) and began to tell me what should be taking place in each quarter.

The 1st quarter is for learning and developing; the 2nd quarter is for using what you’ve learned to figure out what matters to you before halftime…

The other two quarters I’ll keep as my secret for now.

Why do I share this? Because I believe we need to practice what my mentor taught me that day – to number our days. The Bible has a verse that speaks to just that.

Psalms 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”

I actually did an earlier post about this very verse. You can check that out here.

The verse was saying that we should prepare/allot/count/weigh-out our days so that our hearts can enter into wisdom. If you want to know how to get the treasures that are hidden in your heart out, this is the first step you should take. Number your days.

Don’t let this simple post go in one ear and out the other. Sit with it. Meditate on what was shared. And if you know someone that could benefit from its simplicity, share it with them.


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