Most days we don’t think a lot about death. And this is as it should be. We were created for life and God has placed eternity in our hearts. And so we often approach daily life with the assumption we will have plenty of time to accomplish all we want to do and to spend meaningful time with our loved ones. But our last enemy, death, has not yet been destroyed and we must learn to live like we’re dying.
This is not to become morbid in our approach to life but rather to live fully aware that our time in this world is limited. And this gives us a better perspective on how and where to invest our time and energy.
For instance, this is doing work that matters – supporting and planting seeds of goodness in this generation and even for those who will come after us. We’re more likely to procrastinate and get distracted from God’s call for our life when we take for granted the limited time we have left.
And this plays out in our relationships as well. For example, it’s easy to keep putting off that phone call, lunch, or time to catch up when we assume there will always be another day to try again. But this often sets us up for many regrets when death comes unexpectedly. How would we’ve prioritized our time together differently if we had only known death was this close.
To be sure, to live like we’re dying is not to simply sit around and wait on death. But it is to live with a passionate intentionality throughout our life and relationships.
In the end, remember our time in this world is limited. Live like you’re dying and faithfully make the most of each day.