To little Eli I say: Tomorrow is the beginning of a brand new year. We make choices of how we will use every one of the days when we wake up. We decide whether to see it as a good or bad day. Some days won't be good days, but we must choose to let most of the days be good.
To myself I say most of the same things but I add: Don't allow pessimism to have a foothold on your mind. Remember to give each day back to the Lord and ask for His direction. When interruptions occur, and they will, think of them as an opportunity to allow God to use you. Take each day one at a time so that you don't get easily overwhelmed. We only live a day at a time, so why borrow trouble?
I heard there is an app for phones that counts the days you have already lived. I am at the age that I don't know for sure that I want to see that big number. I realize that I have more than lived half of my life already, unless the Lord has other plans for me. Scripture says: "Teach us to number our days..." Maybe if I put that app on my phone, I wouldn't be guilty of wasting hours on end. Maybe I would see the sand going through the hourglass of time and get on the stick to accomplish the things the Lord has placed on my heart.
How would I say that to Eli? "Baby boy, love the Lord with your whole heart and try not to understand everything. Time is in His hands. If you follow Him, you will be going the right way." I think I will stop overthinking what I do and try to follow this simple advice.