Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. (Victor Hugo, 19th century poet and novelist)
Although life expectancy has increased dramatically in recent years, it is still a relatively short time. So, Hugo’s advice is sound. When there is so much to do that is worthwhile and wholesome, why should we waste so much of our available time doing nothing? We should just get up, get going, and plan our days to achieve worthy goals.
Show me, Lord . . . the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 39:4; 90:12).