The days of our years are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty years So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalms 90:10,12 HNV)
Have you ever wondered how many days there are in a lifetime of seventy years? Most people answer this question with, “Oh, a million, or maybe a half million.” Imagine their surprise when they find out there are 25,567 days in seventy years. That’s all.
Americans tend to measure time in decades. In our youth, days, weeks, and months drag on like an eternity. In our twenties, we are starting our families and careers and trying to find ourselves. Time begins to speed up with the busyness of our lives. Our thirties find us raising children, struggling with our career choices, too busy to worry about eternal matters. Time moves too fast. The days swiftly turn into months and years. At forty, we are trying to help our adult children as they begin their families and careers. We can reflect and understand the mistakes we made with our children. With God’s help, we can lead them away from these same mistakes with their children. The passage of years seems like a blur.
In our fifties, we get serious about retirement. Heaven is just over the horizon. Our bodies are beginning to feel the results of time. The days fly by swiftly. We measure time in weeks and days instead of months. At sixty, our bodies begin to betray us as many break down and have unexpected physical limitations. Each decade we burn 3,652 days. We look back at what we’ve accomplished and tell ourselves we’ve got plenty of time. There is always next year.
We forget during our hurrying and scurrying from decade to decade that we are here to meet God. We are to become acquainted with and learn to trust God, and after that, we help others meet Him and learn to know and trust Him. Our families, careers, and possessions are merely backdrops in our lives. Time is a gift from God for the short journey here on planet earth. As we learn to number our days, we understand how precious life is. A wise person once said, “Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Dr. Sharon Schuetz has served as a copastor of the Sebastopol Community Church since February 2018. She and her late husband, Michael, have served as pastors in seven churches since 1988, most of them in the Pentecostal Church of God, Joplin, MO.
The Schuetz family has ministered to couples through counseling, ministry, women, and marriage retreats. She served as the District Youth President over the state of New Mexico, where she traveled two weeks each month preaching youth rallies. She organized youth camps, retreats, etc., during her tenure.
Dr. Schuetz graduated from Cornerstone University, Lake Charles, LA. After completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling in 1998, Cornerstone hired Dr. Schuetz as the university's Administrative Director. In 1998, the Schuetzs moved to Lake Charles, where they lived on campus, taught classes, traveled to satellite campuses to hold graduation ceremonies, etc.
They were married for 45 ½ years, with three children and ten grandchildren. Dr. Schuetz stepped into the pulpit as Senior Pastor when Michael went home to the Lord in December 2021. In over 35 years in ministry, they hoped to reveal God's love to all. Dr. Schuetz loves to break God's Word into understandable principles and teach people how to apply those principles to their own lives.