What if we are all characters in a story–the imagination of some higher power writing the plot of our lives? Could someone be orchestrating every move, every scene, or do we, as characters, really write our own story? If so, can we change the ending?
Think of your life as a jewel case. On the day you are born, you are given a jewel case full of priceless gems. God has placed a gem for each day of your life in this jewel case. As each new day begins, God selects a jewel and presents it to you.
How many jewels are in one’s jewel case? Some say 25,550. Only God knows. The Bible says “fourscore and ten (70) years are given to man.” David, the psalmist, proclaimed “…all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Some people live more, some less. Our days can be compared to a morning fog that is here for a moment and then gone.
It seems the older I become, the faster time goes. As a small child, I could never figure out why my father wished time would slow down–I wanted it to go faster! I couldn’t wait to go to school, then to get my first bike, then to be a teenager. Once I turned thirteen, I couldn’t wait to be sixteen so I could drive. Then I started wishing for the day I would graduate, go to college, and then marry and have children of my own. Wishing my life away – a year at a time.
Now I am a mother with two grown sons and six grandchildren, and I can agree with my father. Where did the time go? Where did all those years go as my boys were growing up, all the time they were wishing time would go faster? How many days were squandered away with meaningless endeavors or foolish efforts?
EACH DAY A GEM
Tomorrow is God’s secret, but today is yours to use as you wish. Treat each day as a priceless gem–chiseled from the Rock of Ages. It is the free gift of life, a treasured gift of love to be grateful for. Today’s gem is yours to do with as you please. To you, it may appear as a simple rough-hewn rock. Not realizing the value of this uncut gem, you may be tempted to throw it away. It’s just a piece of rock, after all.
How you spend this gift is your choice. Polish it. Cherish it. Spend it wisely. Be eternally grateful for another day granted. Laugh and enjoy each day in spite of pains and sorrows. The jewel of each day spent is sent to Heaven’s storehouse, for where your treasure is, your heart is also.
JEWELS FOR YOUR CROWN
Live right when wrong tempts you; do right when evil knocks at your door and you’ll find this jewel in your crown of righteousness received in heaven (II Timothy 4:8). Share the day with others. Give love and time through word and deed. Look for opportunities to share your treasure. This jewel will be mounted on the crown of compassion that you may someday receive (Psalm 103:3-5).
Overcome tough trials with grace and charm; be the victor instead of the victim. This sparkling gem will adorn your victor’s crown (Psalm 149:4, Revelation 2:10).
A memory is left in your jewel box for each day—each jewel—that has passed. The jewel of today must be given away in order to remain of value in eternity.
Some hoard their treasure, foolishly living each day for themselves. They are ungrateful, negative and pessimistic about life in general. Believing they can admire their precious gems, later on, they surprisingly find their jewel case empty and tattered at the end of their life. Their gems have turned to dust in their hand. They took their treasure for granted.
“But some of my days bear the marks of pain. How can I hope to have any brilliant gems?” some might lament.
Jewels bearing the mark of friction, pressure, and pain are the most beautiful. Gems with the most facets sparkle the most brilliantly. Carefully chiseled, shaped and polished by the Master Jeweler, these jewels are those that shape character and bring eternal value. These are the jewels that will someday enhance the crown of life presented in eternity (James 1:12). Someday, we will have the opportunity to lay our crowns before God’s throne (Revelation 4:10).
Life is brief when compared to eternity. Each one lives with the uncertainty of tomorrow. All we know for sure is that yesterday is gone. Bil Keane said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift of God. That is why we call it the present.” This day–this jewel–will come but once in our life. The wise will seek diligently to live each day to its fullest and treat it like treasure.
May we echo with King David, “teach me to number my days” and treasure each one as a priceless gem in our jewel case.
“Teach me to number my DAYS, and recognize how few they are; help me to spend them as I should.” Psalm 90:12.
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