About Number Your Days > History

In an age when the blessings of God are abundant and life expectancies are increasing, those people who live for less time than one of their parents are an anomaly. Also rare are those who had a parent, but not long enough to remember them. If these stories stopped there, they would simply be tragedies. One such story does not end there.

Timothy Thomas Christensen was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Tom and Linda Christensen on June 5, 1977. The family left the United States for Venezuela on July 11, 1978 intending to spend a career on the foreign mission field. They were heeding a call: “Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God” (1 Corinthians 15:34). Their plans were abruptly cut short on May 4, 1979 when Tom suddenly passed away from an aortic aneurysm. Linda and her little son of only 698 days returned, grieving, to the United States.

With the call to missions having never been revoked (Romans 11:29), Linda stayed in the mission and worked on typesetting tribal New Testaments at the New Tribes Mission headquarters in Sanford, Florida. At the encouragement of some mutual friends, Linda eventually struck up a correspondence with John McGhee who was “across the pond,” as it were, in England. John also had a daughter, and his wife had passed away. Communication turned to love, and soon thereafter a new family was formed on July 24, 1982. Linda adopted Sarah, John adopted Timmy, and his new son became Timothy Thomas Christensen McGhee on October 3, 1983. God had officially answered the first part of a little boy's prayer for “a daddy and a baby brother.”

A change in legal status does not change biology. There were many ways over the years in which it was clear that Tim was also the son of Thomas Edward Christensen. Somewhere in his mid-Twenties, Tim decided to figure out exactly how long, in days, his Daddy Tom had lived. Having been born on September 16, 1950, and lived to May 4, 1979, Tom lived for 10,457 days (28.6 years). Tim was 10,457 days old on January 21, 2006.

Number Your Days was launched three weeks prior over the 2006 new year holiday weekend.

January 21, 2016 marks 10 years of living longer than his biological father. Daddy John and his mother Linda are still adding to their days in Sanford, and Tim is still grateful for answered prayer. Some questions persist for Tim: Why has God given him more days than he gave his biological father? What does God want him to do with those days? Why did God pick these days now to give those additional days? There have been many blessings in answer to these questions over the years even within his own family including his sister and brothers.

One of the answers to those questions, at least for now, is this Web site. Number Your Days is not just about days and numbers, but about what those numbers mean. What is the purpose of our days? What can be done with a day?

Welcome to the journey in finding out!