“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
“If you had one day left to live, what would you do?”
It’s a classic question. I’ve pondered it many times, and it is interesting for me to note the change in my responses over the years. Many have answered it through movies, stories and anecdotes. One of my favorites includes a man who being diagnosed with terminal cancer with less than a month to live, went on a credit card shopping spree, only to later receive a voicemail from his doctor explaining a lab mix up, and his perfect health.
While it is a fun question to ask and ponder, there is a great amount of truth in it. No matter you health or physical condition: You have only one day to live, today. Yesterday is gone; in all its glory and splendor or shame and disgrace, it is gone. Done. Finished. Tomorrow has yet to come, with all its opportunities, challenges and problems. Today is all you have.
So take today, and each today that you do have, and make the most of it. Spend quality time with your family and friends. Decide on your priorities and follow them. Do what is fun and enjoyable to you. Embrace what God has for you and live it out.
Jesus words are a reminder to us to live in this moment. In fact, scripture is full of reminders not worry about the future. Matthew 10:9 “But when they arrest you (for being a Christ follower)*, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say…” Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”
How is it possible to live in the moment, to not worry about the future? Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Has He taken care of you in the past? Has He walked you through hard times before? Than He will again, because He never changes.
Just for fun: if you found out that you had one literal day left to live, how would you spend that day?
Carpe Diem (seize the day).
*My addition as an explanation, not scripture