Imagine waking up to a crystal-clear revelation that today was your final day on this Earth. What choices would you make? Would you sift through an old bucket list? Perhaps surround yourself with family, immersing in their warmth? Or might you find solace in prayer, seeking a deeper communion with the Divine, or getting lost in the scriptures?
The unpredictability of life’s course is profound. It’s not in our hands to know the number of our days. As divinely articulated in Psalm 139:16, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” James reinforces this sentiment, stating, “…you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? You are a mist that appears for a short time and then vanishes” (James 4:13-14).
The message is clear: Embrace today, for tomorrow, remains a mystery.
I’ve made it a daily ritual, one that brings warmth to my heart and soul. Each morning as I depart for the day’s tasks, I ensure that my parting words to my wife, children, and cherished grandchildren echo the depth of my affection for them. It’s a simple phrase, yet profound: “I love you.” If, by any twist of fate, that moment becomes our last shared memory, I want them to be cocooned in the certainty of my love. Because in a world brimming with uncertainties, one thing remains unwavering: “Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8a).
So, in a plea that resonates with the cadences of life and faith, let’s commit to living each day as if it might be our last. Let love be our lasting legacy.