“…for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (ESV)
There are certain things we just don’t like to think about. Things like taxes. Things like flooded basements. Things like that embarrassing picture of you in grade 11 going up on Facebook! And things like…
But do you know what I’ve found? The more seriously you take your death the more abundantly you live your life. Or, as Jud Wilhite says it, “The people who are most aware of their mortality tend to spend their lives most richly.”
I think taking your own death seriously involves a couple of key things.
First, taking your own death seriously means ensuring you’re in a right relationship with God through Jesus. That’s the biggie.
Second, it’s an awareness that your time on this planet is limited. It could literally end any moment. All of us are one heartbeat away from meeting our Maker. Because of that, you start to cherish relationships; you start to serve others; you start to do the things you were put on this earth to do.
And third, it’s confident hope. Life is a 100-metre race. Are you running it timidly like there’s a brick wall at the end, or boldly like it’s a runway?
Today, take stock. And ask yourself this: “Am I being smart with the time I’ve been given?”
The more seriously you take your death the more abundantly you live your life.
By Matthew Ruttan