Live Like It's Your Last Day


If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you regret not doing?

Last Christmas I visited my family in Idaho. Two days before I was scheduled to board a flight to head back to my home in Georgia, I received a call from a friend. During our conversation he asked, “Is there anything you will regret not doing if you don’t do it before you leave?” I appreciated his question because it immediately helped me prioritize the next 48 hours. “Yes,” I responded. “Visit my grandmother. See my niece and nephew one more time. Catch up with my old schoolmate.” “Great!” he responded. “Do those things.” After we spoke, it hit me hard that because time is limited, I should always live intentionally, not just when I am leaving my family.

James 4:14 says, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” According to this scripture, the path of your life is quickly heading straight toward eternity. Every day you are moving closer—and you never know when it will be your turn to meet the God who made you.

A friend of mine recently died unexpectedly in an automobile accident. She was 33 years old. She had no idea that she would go home to heaven so soon.

My grandfather died from a heart attack when he was only 58. He didn’t know he would meet his Maker before his grandchildren were grown.

If you know Christ, one day you will also pass from here to eternity and join other believers who have gone before you. Like everyone, you never know when it will be your turn. For that reason, live intentionally, with the eyes of your heart focused on heaven and God’s will for your life.

In the same way that my friend asked me a question to help me live with purpose, let me ask you: If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you regret not doing?

Would you wish you had reconciled with an old friend? Spent more time with your loved ones? Followed a dream that God placed in your heart? Worked less? Loved more? Adventured more? Served God with greater devotion?

Time is limited. Live intentionally. Eternity is ahead.

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