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Learning was fun for me while growing up because I learned many lessons through songs. From reading arithmetic times table to spelling h-i-p-p-o-p-o-t-a-m-u-s, there is always a song for every lesson. Here’s a lyric of one of my favorite kindergarten songs:

“Sixty seconds make one minute
Sixty minutes make one hour
Twenty-four hours make one day
Seven days make one week
Four weeks make one month,” etc.

How many hours make one day?
I sang this song all my kindergarten years and never questioned the math until I read that there are twelve hours in one day (John 11:9). In Creation, God separated the light from the darkness (Gen. 1:4), He called the light “day” and the darkness “night,” and evening + morning = 1 day (Gen. 1:5). If twenty-four hours make one day, how many hours make one night? I do believe that twelve, and not twenty-four, hours make one day and other twelve hours make one night for four reasons:

  • God separated the day from the night
  • Time is measured in a.m. and p.m.
  • There is sunrise and sunset
  • The clock ticks twelve hours each for day and night

Life = day + night
Jesus urged His disciples to work in the day because night is coming when nobody will be able to work (John 9:4). He also advised that they walk in the daylight so they will not stumble (John 11:10). Since there are many companies running night shifts and 24/7 services today, it is very clear that Jesus’ teaching was not about our jobs but about our life. In my teenage years, I was taught to remember my Creator in the days of my youth, before the difficult days (the night) - come (Eccl. 12:1). I do believe our life is made of day (first half) and night (second half) and what we do in the day affects how we will do in the night.

The day of your life
At 34 years old (35, if you are reading this after Jan 9, 2011), I noticed that my energy level is not the same as that of my 4-year old. She always wants me to run and dance with her.

There is no night shift in life - Saji Ijiyemi

But after 45 minutes, I am tired and she still has a lot of energy. It was not long for me to realize that we are in different time zones in life. People generally believe that old age beings at 68. I don’t know when you will start getting old, but you are in the day (a.m.) of your life if you have energy to lift heavy objects, can exercise for long hours, are sexually active, have a retentive memory, can live independently, can drive and have no problem climbing stairs.

The night of your life
I once had a neighbor who was in her mid-70s. She often called me on the phone to help her open a bottle of pickles or lift a heavy objects. Her face was wrinkled, her hands were weak, and her voice was shaky. The wisest king ever lived said old age comes with slack muscles, weak grip, stiff joints, inability to hike the mountain, lack of sexual drive. The Pew Social Trends survey also shows that older people experience memory loss, feel sad or depressed, cannot drive, feel they aren’t needed or are a burden to others. When you begin to feel this way, you might be living in the p.m. of your life.

Work while it is day
We live in a microwave and fast-food generation. We want to get it fast and get rich quick. We spend more and save less. But if you want to enjoy the evening your life, the daytime is the time to work hard and prepare. Take a lesson from the ants (Prov. 6:6), they labor hard all summer to gather food for the winter. If ants can prepare for the winter of their life, I'm sure you can do much better to prepare for your winter years. You can delay buying the niceties of life and save for the day you will not have any energy to work. This is the time to invest in tomorrow, this is the time to save for retirement, this is the time to get out of debt. Remember night is coming when you will not be able to work. Enjoy your day!

Saji Ijiyemi

Saji Ijiyemi is a professional speaker, an author, a motivational coach, a youth mentor, and a friend. His goal is to help you discover your true potential, uncover your hidden abilities, and recover the life you've always wanted. Saji is the author of a new best-selling book "Don't Die Sitting" and he shares personal, professional and leadership development thoughts on his Plus Attitudes Blog. You can connect with him on FaceBook, follow him on Twitter, join his circle on Google Plus or email him at saji.ijiyemi@gmail.com

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 15:15

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