. . . and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NIV)
One thing is certain about life – each of us will die. The day will come for my departure and it will come for you as well. The question is, are you living in such a way that you’re ready to die?
If I were to die tomorrow, this is what I’d do:
I’d make sure I had a clear conscience.
I’d smile and laugh a lot.
I’d tell the lost about how they could be saved.
I’d tell friends and family that I love them.
I’d show how grateful I am for God’s love and forgiveness.
I’d make sure I had a surrendered life.
I’d get lost in the wonder of God.
I’d be thankful for everything.
I’d be generous to a fault.
I wouldn’t get sidetracked by trivia.
I’d take more risks, i.e. take leaps of faith.
I’d whistle a merry tune.
I’d make sure I had no outstanding debts.
I’d be an encouragement to God’s people.
I’d feed the hungry and help the hapless.
I’d play with my children.
I’d ask forgiveness for my sin.
I’d sing with all my might.
I’d reconcile any broken relationships.
I’d treat my wife royally.
I wouldn’t put off for tomorrow what I could do today.
And I’d live only all for Jesus.
The last thing I want is to look back on my life with regrets. Recognising that God has numbered my days I want to try, with the strength given to me by the Holy Spirit, to live life to the full. Each day is a gift from God to be used and not abused. Time is precious – God help us to use it wisely.