I have this habit of bringing along my organ donor card, blood type card and medical card when I go out; just in case… who knows? Organised or morbid? You decide.
So I’m not shy of the knowledge that we don’t know the length of our lives, it can happen anytime to anyone.
The thing is, even with that kind of awareness (organ donor card!), it doesn’t change how I live my life as if tomorrow will always come! I get angry at trivial things, let my mind be absorbed with worries by thinking of other to-dos while I am doing the current to-dos. And I certainly wasted too much time on social media with things that don’t add value to my life and others.
For the past one year, I knew in my heart that I need to start living as if today is my last, but I wasn’t intentional in doing that; until I learned that a friend with healthy living lifestyle was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Though I’m never naïve about healthy people do get cancer, that news finally shook me. That and perhaps, I’m old enough to see lives of loved ones lost at way-too-early age.
I do question my mortality from time to time, how long do I have? A question asked in vain I know, and a wrong question to ask.
Thus, I went to my church’s book store and finally picked up this book which caught my eye a year ago but I didn’t buy it.
How different would I like my life to be at the end of reading this book?
When ‘Day one’ challenge asked me to ‘As quickly as possible, without thinking too hard or too long, make a list of five things you’d change about your life if you knew you only had a month to live’… I really have to imagine that it could be true and that scared the heck out of me. Being not sure how long is ‘too long’ and how hard is ‘too hard’, I took less than 10 minutes to list down my five things.
Apart from the obvious item number one, which is to be less anxious about what’s ahead in my day, the rest of the four things caught my attention so much that I just stared at the items on the list. Simple, little things that I procrastinated upon, because I thought ‘there will always be a next chance’.
So today, I’m saying good-bye to ‘next time’ and getting a kick start with this ‘One month to live’ challenge.
How about you?
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. – James 4:14 NLT
A person’s life really transpired between the two dates on the tombstone. Birth date -(dash) Death date. What will our ‘dash’ be? What will we live for? Who will we love? Who need our forgiveness? It could be ourselves, even! We get to choose how to spend that ‘dash’. What are you spending yours on? Let’s ask God for wisdom and guidance on how best to spend our lives.
Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.’
P.s.: If you have an encouraging experience from this challenge, I would love to hear from you, share your story on the comments below.
God bless you!