Today is another birthday and I am up early thinking about it, which makes little sense because it is Saturday. Two passages of Scripture keep coming to my mind this morning: Psalms 90:12 – So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom; and Ephesians 5:15-16 – See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. I am wondering if at 41 I have any more wisdom than I did when I was 31, because I don’t feel any smarter. It seems that I make a lot of the same mistakes now that I did then. It seems that I am still struggling with a lot of the same issues in my life now as I was ten years ago – that is a little discouraging. Birthdays are a good time for self-assessments and I am assessing that I am a very slow learner. Forty-one years of my life are gone. Taking into consideration that the Bible says in Psalms 90 that the average length of life is seventy years and eighty if we have the strength for it, then most of my life is behind me. WOW! That is a happy thought! James was right, our life is like a vapor; that is why God instructs us to number our days so that we don’t waste them. Yes, I might be a slow learner, but I am determined not to waste what God has given me. I know each day is precious, and if Solomon is right that Wisdom cries out in the street, then I want to be a better listener. Paul instructs us in Ephesians to buy back time – redeem it. Redeeming the time is not easy because the Devil wants me to squander it. The Bible calls the Devil the god of this world – but he does not deserve the world – he does not deserve my time – he does not deserve my efforts – he does not deserve any of my days. There is only One who deserves all these things, the Lord Almighty – the One who saved me. So I am determined on my 41 birthday to redeem these evil days and buy them back for the Lord. The reality is I still feel really young – I am 18 with 41 years of experience. God, give me wisdom today. Help me to make a few less mistakes this year than I did last year. God, give me grit today. Help me to finish strong no matter how many years you give me. God, give me your mercy today because as badly as I want to redeem the time and gain a heart of wisdom right now I know that I will still make some stupid mistakes. It is going to be a great birthday today because I have a very patient and loving God who is helping me grow up and he promised me that he will finish what he started. Forty-one…….I guess it doesn’t sound too bad after all.