No one lives forever. In less than a week I will be closer to 60 than 50 and am astonished at how quickly the moments of my life keep racing by. Everyone admits we will all die someday, but “someday” always seems to be an ambiguous and nonspecific point in the distant future. We convince ourselves that “someday” will never be this day.
But soon enough for all of us, “someday” will become “today” and we will cross that great divide and pass on into death. And some of us, whether or not we admit it, are closer to that day than others. Contrary to many inspirational speakers of our day, thinking about death is not an exercise in morbidity or negativity. From a biblical perspective, it is an exercise in circumspection and wisdom. Moses puts it this way in Psalm 90: “The years of our life are . . . soon gone, and we fly away. . . . So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
Thoughts about death fundamentally change our attitude in life and the manner in which we spend the precious time God so graciously grants each of us. The only question we must ask ourselves today—and every day God gives us life—is this: Am I letting God use me for His glory? Am I being truly and fully faithful to Him right now?
Lord God, help me remember the brevity and transience of this life. Give me the grace to trust in and follow You all the days of my life, starting with today, so that when “someday” finally comes, I can meet You in the glorious life that is to come free of all shame and regret.