151,600 people every day

We live in the age of distraction. Researchers even talk about “DAF – Directed Attention Fatigue.” Our brains have to work incredibly hard to wade through the information that is hurtling toward us at breakneck speeds.

The result is that we’re mentally tired. When that happens, it’s not only hard to live out our priorities, but to even know what they are!

It’s hard to stay focused when you’re bamboozled.

Here’s why all of this is important: Every one of us is one heartbeat away from meeting our Maker. It could happen at any time. Psalm 103:14-15 says, “As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.” God is eternal. But you and I are not.

Not to alarm you, but about 151,600 people die every single day on planet earth.

So doesn’t it make sense to ensure you’re ready?

The #1 thing you need to do is get right with God. You do this by acknowledging your sin and brokenness to him, asking him to forgive you, putting your trust in Jesus as the Lord of your life, and accepting what he has done for you on the cross. After that, start to learn more about his teachings as you join in on the work he’s doing to renovate the world and bring heaven to earth.

Tomorrow I’ll talk about other important relationships. But your relationship with God is the biggie!

It’s easy to be bewildered and confused by the pace of our modern society. It tires us out pretty quickly. So you need to step back, take stock, and remind yourself what’s truly important.

I’m not saying your death is imminent. I just don’t have that information. But if it is, are you ready?

All of us are only one heartbeat away from that incredible, awesome encounter.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Today’s “Up!” is based on my Sunday podcast called “One heartbeat away from meting your Maker.” You can listen in here. Enjoy!

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