I have been alive 15, 636 days. That is a lot of days. New Year‘s Eve always make me a little bit nostalgic. I find myself, just like you, thinking back over the past year. Have I grown? Have I changed? Am I a better person than I was a year ago? Am I closer to being the person God wants me to be? Did I spend more time bringing glory to Him this past year? When you look at your life in days, it can be staggering and it brings a lot of the same questions.
Robert D. Smith wrote 20,000 Days and Counting. I would say it is a motivational book but Mr. Smith says you can’t motivate anyone, not even yourself. So calling it a motivational book is out. But it’s like a motivational book.
A few years ago Mr. Smith played with a count down timer to see how many days he had been alive. He found out it was 20,000 days. He packed a bag and went until he felt it was time to stop, he spent the next 48 hours in a hotel planning the next 20,000 days of his life.
The result of those forty-eight hours became a book, 20,000 Days and Counting. It is a book about making our life count. It’s about finding our purpose and living our life to fulfill that purpose.
The book is a quick read, Mr. Smith planned it that way. He wanted the reader to be able to read it and start putting it into practice in one hour. As far as motivational type books go, this one is good. The book has good principles and a lot of good information.
The one thing I did not like about the book is it seemed to me to be a little too much, “I am master of my destiny”. I do know I was created with a and for a purpose. I know that is in part to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. I know it is important to number our days, and to do that we need God’s help. I know life is fleeting. I know Jesus came to bring us life and life abundant. I know that without Him I am incapable of living my life. Which is why is it rather disturbing for Mr. Smith to claim to love and follow God, and yet leave Him out of most of the book.
I’ll let you make your own decisions. If you’re looking for a book to read on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, download this book to your e-reader, read it and make up your own mind.
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