Here are some interesting facts about what a typical human body accomplishes in a 24-hour period:
- Your heart beats 103,689 times.
- Your blood travels 168,000,000 miles.
- You breathe 23,040 times.
- You inhale 438 cubic feet of air.
- You eat 3.25 pounds of food.
- You drink 2.9 quarts of liquids.
- You lose 7/8 pound of waste.
- You speak 4,800 words.
- You move 750 muscles.
- Your nails grow .000046 inch.
- Your hair grows .01714 inch.
- You exercise 7,000,000 brain cells.
Whew! It’s tiring just thinking about all that activity! No wonder some days seem impossibly long. (By the way, how cute is this pajama top? I might have to get one!)
Actually, how long a day feels has very little to do with the quantity of things we do. These facts (accurate or not) don’t tell us anything about the quality of the things we do in a given day, and that’s what makes the difference.
- How meaningful and focused was your quiet time with God?
- How kind were you to someone who needed a touch of grace?
- How wisely did you spend your time and resources?
- How much attention did you pay to the people around you?
- How honest were you?
- How positive was your attitude about a tough situation?
- How aware were of the beauty of nature around you?
It’s good to occasionally take stock of how we spend our days. In Ephesians 5:15-17,
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”