Have you been following the news about the shootings in Aurora, Colorado? Twelve people lost their lives, fifty-eight were injured, but all who attended that movie were scarred by the events of that evening, not to mention their families and friends. It’s heart breaking to hear the stories of the people who lost their lives that day. I am certain none of them thought, “Today I will die.” They thought they were going to be the first to see a movie. They went to the theater eagerly anticipating something fun, not tragic or life ending.
None of us knows the time of our death or when those we know and love will be taken from us. We are only guaranteed the moment we’re in and nothing more. James 4:14 says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” The psalmist understood how short life is when he said in Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” He knew we only had a short time on this earth and we need to use it wisely.
So how would live your life if you thought today was the last day you’d live? What would you do differently? How would you leave your mark on the world? How would you speak to people? [Ephesians 4:29]. Would you be a peace maker? [Romans 12:18]. Would you be kinder to others and encourage them? [Hebrews 3:13]. Would you sacrifice for the good of others putting them ahead of yourself? [Luke 6:31]. You know you’ve been given today. How will you live it?