Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


March 15, 2013

There is about a one in 365 chance that today is your birthday. But with that birthday, or any day, what are you going to do with all the days left?

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
                                                  --Psalm 90:12 TNIV

Dr. Samuel Johnson was one of the great thinkers, and one of the great people of faith in all of Christian witness. He prayed this prayer on his birthday in 1757:

Almighty and most merciful Father by whose providence my life has been prolonged, and who hast granted me now to begin another year of probation, vouchsafe me such assistance of thy Holy Spirit, that the continuance of my life may not add to the measure of my guilt, but that I may so repent of the days and years passed in neglect of the duties which thou hast set before me in vain thoughts, in sloth and in folly, that I may apply my heart to true wisdom, by diligence redeem the time lost, and by repentance obtain pardon, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

What if that prayer were our prayer, birthday or not? And if lived, how would we live this day differently having prayed such a prayer?


Dale Patterson