Eighteen years ago I was spending the last week ever with my dad. We knew we he was living on borrowed time…that cancer would soon take his life…but we thought we had months rather than days. This was not how my parents dreamed of retirement. That fall was supposed to be the beginning of doing all the things that they had put off to do until life wasn’t as busy. Trips…time with friends…playing golf…reading a book…exploring…discovering…enjoying…being.
Rather than setting off on one of the adventures my parents had planned, my dad settled in for radiation and chemo. Instead of enjoying the first holiday season without the busyness, my dad had surgery to remove his esophagus and rearrange his internal organs. In lieu of celebrating his 57th birthday that spring, we gathered to remember his life and grieve for all that was lost.
So many people express their dreams, longings and inmost desires of their hearts, sensing that they want something radically different from what the world has to offer. They talk about how they know they are created for so much more, yet “more” never materializes. Nearly every time it is followed up with a “but.” We’ll do it tomororw…later…when it’s not so busy. BUT…what if tomorrow never comes?
There is always a good reason, or so it seems, to put off the things that would give us life. We feel guilty about giving up our overstuffed routines. Somehow we have convinced ourselves that in order to make the most out of every day, we need to set aside the things that bring us joy. Rest is for the weak. Meaningful relationships are a luxury. Slower is for the lazy. Afterall, we need to be a responsible adult, right?
God knows our tendency to die to the wrong things and get caught up in the ways of the world. Although He is not bound by time, He knows that our days are limited. We are all living on borrowed time. Our lives are like a breath or air…our days like a passing shadow. This sober reality is not to meant to drive us to depression or instill fear. It is simply to encourage us and perhaps give us a sense of urgency to number our days with God’s logic, not the worlds. How easily we can mix the two!
What if making the most out of every day meant reaching for less, creating space or giving up the seemly normal things that are keeping you from experiencing full and abundant life? What if where you are in life is not where you must remain? What if you are one step away from experiencing transformation? What if you live today like there is no tomorrow? My guess is your life would look radically different. I know mine would.
This is your one and only life. Don’t waste it. Don’t settle for what others think you should be. Don’t lose your true self along the way. Don’t save it all for later only for later to never come.
Make the most out of every day…starting now.
“Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
so that we may grow in wisdom.”
*If you lived today like there is no tomorrow, how would your life be different?
*What is one thing you sense needs to change?
*What steps will you take to order your day?
*How do your steps fit into your unique identity and calling?
I’d love to hear what’s stirring in you! Let me know how I can pray for you as you make the most out of every day. Feel free to comment below or to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.