June 20, 2013
If Today Was Your Last Day
“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live,” (Psalm 104:33 NIV).
Friend to Friend
What would you do today if you knew you only had a few months to live?
When I was newly married, I attended a social club meeting of women whose husbands shared the same profession. There was nothing wrong with the gathering. The food was good. Smiles were warm. Conversations were light. But I walked away feeling as though I’d wasted a precious gift—a morning of my life.
The next month I opted not to attend. Instead, I went to a nursery to pick out some flowers to plant in my garden. While musing among the impatiens and begonias, I spotted Carol, a woman whose husband was also in the same profession as mine. Two little girls followed after her as she carefully chose blue, pink, and yellow perennials that would bloom year after year. Carol had cancer and had been given only a few months to live.
Suddenly God spoke to my heart. Sharon, if you knew you had only a few months to live, would you be at the social club meeting or buying flowers with your children? How would you spend your day?
It was a poignant moment as I was reminded of the brevity of life. We never know how much or how little time we have on this earth. I resolved at that moment to spend each day as if it were my last - to make each day count.
Even today I think of the flowers still blooming in Carol’s yard year after year. My hope and prayer is that the seeds I plant along life’s journey will continue to bloom years after I’m gone.
So let’s go back to my original question: What would you do today if you knew you only had a few months to live?
Dear God, thank You for the gift of this day. Help me to live today and every day as if it could be my last. Help me to make each moment count.
In Jesus' Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
I wonder how you answered that question. I’m still pondering it myself.
Is there anything that you have longed to do but have been putting off? Writing a friend a letter? Planting a rose garden? Calling an elderly relative? Sharing the gospel with someone? Taking a Bible class.
Click over to my blog page and tell me in one word what this devotion stirred in your heart.
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Originally published Thursday, 20 June 2013.