How would you like to die today?…
Oh, I’m sorry… You weren’t planning on dying today, were you?
Let me rephrase: How are you planning on living during the death of today?
I’m sure you’ve heard that we are never promised tomorrow– or even our next breath.
14 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.
– Jas 4:14
Sure, we may do what we can to prevent a physical death, but have you ever thought about how constantly our days die?
We may try to “make up for it” the next day, what we didn’t do that day, but really… It doesn’t take away the fact that our yesterday is gone & we did not spend our 12,088th day of being alive (for example) to its fullest advantage.
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
– Ep 5:15-16
Maybe, instead of counting our lives in years, we should count them in days. It may help us to cherish our individual days/ moments more.
I’ll never get back that 12,087th day of being alive…
But, the question we have to ask ourselves is: “Did I die well today?” And, “How do I want to spend my 12,088th day of dying?”
(I feel like if we ask, “Did I live well,” it causes us to think moreso that we will be alive for a personal, predetermined amount of time. However, we never know when what day/moment will be our last, whether it be in 8 minutes, 8 months, 8 years or 80 years.)
A certain martial arts class I was in taught me to think: “Today is a good day to die.” But I want to think of it in a different way: Not as some final time/ date when our spirits leave our physical bodies, but as right now– everyday– since our todays are always passing away.
So… Did we die well?
We are either growing or dying (in all areas of life). Once we reach a certain age (in our twenties), we are no longer officially “growing.” The remainder of our lives is trying to hang on to what we currently have and sustaining it as best as possible. But we are still physically dying. (Mental & spiritual growth are different & still possible, however.)
I’m no expert in telling you how the best way to live/die is. I am still learning too. But I do know that it involves doing our best in the current moments we are given, and to always keep the eternal in the forefront of our minds. Appreciate each day… “Don’t Procrastinate”, is so cliche, so here’s a geeky anime quote instead. 😉
“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you should do today.” (“Follow Your Dream” song, from “Project A-Ko”)
Store up treasures in Heaven than on Earth.
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
– Mt 6:19-21
Don’t put all of your energy/ trust in worldly wealth. It’s all temporary anyway.
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
– Lk 12:20
We may not be perfect in doing this, but thank goodness that there is grace. But let’s not take grace for granted too. Let’s not take anything for granted. Even time, itself, is temporary.
Instead, let’s just do our best!
がんばってね! (Ganbatte ne!) ✌️