Resolved 18: 60 Years or 60 Minutes

60 Years or 60 Minutes

Resolution #18

Resolved, to look to my own death; not out of fear, but with gratitude for tomorrow and a sense of urgency for today.

What and Why?

Here’s where I explain what I mean and why it matters.

It’s Coming

I’ve got an expiration date. It could be 60 years or 60 minutes from now. I don’t fear that day because the God of the universe wrote this beautiful story for all of creation. In it, he promises eternity to all those who would believe in Him.

That gift & promise never goes away. [Rom 8:38-39]

Still, that day and all the days before it beg our serious attention. Please don’t confuse serious attention with paranoia and fear. We were not created to live under under that weight, but to live freely in the enjoyment of our Creator.

The Gift of Tomorrow

Sorry, I don’t have the meaning of life for you. What I do have is this; that every breath is a gift of God’s grace and mercy. For that reason, I don’t believe that our time is our own. That’s why I take resolutions (like yesterday’s about time management) so seriously.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed. You can let that fact crush you, you can ignore it, or you can actively embrace the truth. In Christ’s resurrection, sin and death are overcome and the promise of eternity is sealed. He has won, is winning, and will win in the end.

The Urgency of Today

Since tomorrow is a gift, today is our invaluable possession. Christ came to set us free from Satan, sin, and death. Because of that, we can walk in His victory today.

How will you use today?

  • Will you tell your parents how much you love them?
  • Will you reconcile with a long lost friend?
  • Will you thank your spouse for loving you faithfully?
  • Will you love and serve your children well?
  • Will you overcome the potentially awkward discomfort of sharing the Gospel with a friend, neighbor, or family member who might not have the luxury of tomorrow?

Question: What would you do if you knew that today was your last day?

This post is part of the Resolved series: a collection of 21 personal resolutions that I’m writing/preaching to myself. If you’d like to keep up with this series, feel free to click one of the links below and subscribe to my RSS feed.

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