Thinking about what you would do if you had only one month to live is a very instructive exercise. Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Paul knows that our days are short and that we must capitalize on every chance we have to fulfill God’s will for our lives. James 4:14 says, “…You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” We don’t have the promise of one day beyond this one, one moment beyond this one.
We need to be very intentional about the things that matter most. We have cluttered schedules and packed lives and so many things that scream for our attention. That’s why focusing on the true priorities of life is crucial. Something inside us makes us think we are going to be here forever. But life is short. So ask yourself, “What do I need to be doing in this moment that will last for eternity? How do I want to be remembered? What things will endure and what things will not endure?”
We all have the same number of minutes in a day. But how you invest those minutes make an infinite difference. Most people give themselves to things of this earth. They end up with nothing more than a house in the suburbs and a couple of cars as the definition of who they are. I read about an antique store called “Dead People’s Stuff.” Wow! That’s an accurate description of what will happen to all of our material things. Jesus cautioned us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Mt. 6:19-21).
So let me challenge you again to live the next month as if it were your last. Thirty days to a no-regrets life. Express your love. Forgive those who have wounded you. Apologize to those you have wounded. Thank those who deserve your appreciation. Tell others about Christ. You’ll be eternally glad that you did!