The turn of the phrase here isn't just to be cute, but to highlight a change in perspective.If we go forward in 2017 looking and hoping for a number of good days, then we are living passively.
I want to live actively and I encourage you to do the same. What sparks that initiative? What could provoke us from abandoning a passive stance, waiting on 2017 to bring blessings on us, to an active advancement, pushing through 2017 to create blessings for others and ourselves?
The answer I believe is a change in perspective. Consider that your days are numbered (see Psalm 39:4). Our time here on Earth is brief. The Bible likens it to a vapor or your breath on a cold day - there for a moment and then gone.
John F. Kennedy challenged Americans in 1961 to "ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." He asked Americans to have a change in perspective.
I'm no JFK, but I too ask you to change your perspective. Concern yourself not with a number of good days - concern yourself with the good you can do in your numbered days.
As a tutor and the founder of Strength in Numbers Tutoring, I like to think about the different implications of the phrase we use as the name of our organization. It's a new perspective for me too to consider this spin on "strength in numbers" - that there's strength in numbering our days and using that to motivate us to do good in this year to come.