Pardon me while I get a bit morbid for a moment.
What if today was your last day on this earth? Like, what if today was it?
Have you done all that you wanted to do? Do you have regrets? Is there something you need to say? Is there someone you need to forgive? Do you need to tell someone you love them? Are any loose ends dangling that need to be tied up? Is there something left undone?
You’re not stupid. You get the point.
I’m going to borrow an oft-used phrase from Pastor/Teacher Greg Tinker (and a litany of other thinkers) that might resonate with you:
Seize the Day.
To some, that might sound awfully cheesy. “Seize the Day, my foot…” you grumble.
“How am I going to Seize the Day with no money, no job, no future, no life? I’m alone. I’m on dope. My job sucks. Seize the Day. Hmfh!”
Many of us are simply snowboarding through life with little direction or focus. Our lives are a jumbled mess, like a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that has just been dumped out on a table. We’ve got myriad issues to clean up in our lives. We think, “How am I going to rid my life of all of these problems?”
Smoking. Alcoholism. Aloneness. Misery. Lethargy. Lack of Passion. Lack of Purpose. Ruptured Relationships. Envy. Lust. Grief. Addiction. Finances.
It’s simple. Start by Seizing the Day.
Your problems aren’t simply going to poof away in an instant. But maybe if you started to get organized, set goals, then your life can start to incrementally change for the better.
I think we should all come up with a list of things that we are absolutely going to do every day. Here are mine:
4. Take a picture
5. Encourage someone
That’s a pretty decent foundation for a day. But the truth is, most of us, when that alarm buzzes us awake, don’t leap out of bed with joy. We are greeted with the mundane, the checklist, sameness. Every day looks absolutely the same.
Struggle through a cup of coffee
Go to work.
Check Facebook at work for an hour.
Do actual work.
Post on Facebook.
Sit there for 30 minutes counting likes on your post.
Come back from lunch and ward off a nap (perhaps slap your face and listen to “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC)
Check watch fifty times.
Wind up the day by sending off a variety of emails.
Lounge lifelessly in front of the TV set, hoping to get entertained.
That might not be your exact day, but you are certainly welcome to fill in the blanks.
Kids, we’re going through the motions while the Ship of Life is passing us by. It’s time to start DOING instead of waiting around for that moment when life will actually begin. It’s like we’re in this sort of abyss, outside of life, looking up at life as if it’s somewhere just beyond our reach.
Well, I’ve got news for you: THIS IS IT.
There were many years I spent wasting away my life. I washed many hours away in the bottle, and chasing things that were very empty and meaningless. I have nothing to show for it now.
Now I’m simply praying for more time. There is so much I want to do, and often I feel as if there is very little time to do it. Honestly, I pray all of the time that God will grant me a long life. I pray that my life won’t be snipped short before I can do at least half of the things in my dreams. That may sound cheesy, too, but it’s the way I feel.
I don’t know whether or not you consider such things, or you have simply numbed yourself away from such deep things to ponder. You don’t want to be cursed or bothered by having to think too much. You’re too comfy in your little zone of mediocrity. As Tinker says, it’s time to stop existing and start living.
Or as Red says on The Shawshank Redemption, “Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin.’”
Please remember that Death’s battin’ 1.000. Death has never flied out to center.
My friend Joe says that time is the only commodity of which we have an equal amount. God grants us 24 hours in each day, no more, no less.
What are you going to do with today?
Seize it? Sacrifice it?
Stop waiting around until tomorrow to do what you want to do. Stop wishing and dreaming that things could be different and go after it. Go grab your little snow globe of a life and give it a shake.
Today is not just another day. Today is the only day we are living in.
So make these 24 hours in front of you count. 78