Searching for the number of days left until Christmas Day, I came across a site on the Auburn University Webpage that is called: Countdown to Christmas.The webpage will give you an up-to-the minute account of how many days, hours and minutes until December 25th.
You can see it here.
Countdowns. The most famous of all is the New Year’s Eve countdown as we ring in a new year. Just think of all the events that we are counting down:
Back to School
Days till our birthdays
Time to the Wedding Day
Days until the baby arrives
Shopping Days left until Christmas Day
The list is endless and I’m sure you can add several others. Even the mid-life event:
How many days until my retirement?
Although I must admit that my retirement date has since been pushed out (several times) over the past few years.
Why do we countdown to important dates and events? If we know the date is arriving, is the time between then and now more precious? Will we use it more wisely if we know we only have so much time left? I doubt it.
The end of your life has a countdown, too. The bible tells us in Matthew 24:35,
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
So, if the day and the hour are truly unknown, then perhaps our countdowns are immeasurable. Shouldn’t we be living for each and every moment?
I would like to suggest a different approach to counting down. This approach will make the best possible use of time between now and then. Instead of wasting time counting down, begin using up every ounce of the moment you’re in.
Let the Life Games begin:
The Countdown Clock is now “Zero”, the buzzer has sounded; begin living an abundant life today for tomorrow may never come. Don’t waste the in-between time waiting for a date to arrive – the holiday is here and it is call “Today”. Let’s celebrate.