In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, we often forget something very, very important: The clock is ticking.
The sad truth is that a person's life can be ended unexpectedly, no matter what their age is. It doesn't matter if you're a good person or not, you can't escape death; you aren't even guaranteed tomorrow (James 4:14). The thought that today might be my last day alive is scary. If you knew that you only had one day left, what would you do with it? What would you do differently? Would you do everything that you can possibly do? Would you make the most out of your last day? Since we aren't guaranteed another day, we should treat each day as if it was our last.
Another sad truth is that some people (including me) aren't making the most of their life. It took a few deaths of young people to make me realize how precious time really is. For the longest time, I thought that I was invincible and couldn't die young because I was a good person and good people aren't supposed to die young. I was wrong. Hineous things happen to the best of people around us all the time. Yet, we tend to look at these terrible events and think, "That will never happen to me," when in reality, those people probably thought the exact same thing at one point in their life. But we tend to forget about these people and their experiences, we forget to think about them and examine our lives.
If we were to examine our lives, we would probably find that we waste a lot of time doing unimportant things. Recently, I examined my life and found I spent way too many hours on social media rather than studying God's Word. But it took a few tragedies and a few years to figure out how much precious time I had wasted. So today, I would encourage you to examine your life and not waste any time doing unimportant things. Please don’t waste time waiting for a tragedy to occur. Figuring what to do with your time will not be easy, it wasn’t for me, but there are a few things that are good starting points:
Be involved! One of the best ways to make the most of your life is to get involved with everything (specifically church related activities). If you are asked to speak at a ladies day, accept that invitation! I haven't spoken at a ladies day yet (which I really want to), but I know that you will benefit a lot from doing it. Attend all the church events that you can. Go to monthly singings, go to weekly Bible readings, help out any way you can at a church camp, visit the shut-ins, bake cookies and take them to the widows because "it is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35), go to every Bible camp that you possibly can, go to that gospel meeting, go to that ladies retreat, etc. There are a lot of things that we can do to get involved.
Be informed! Try to study the Bible every day. Notice that I said study and not read. You can just read the Bible and not learn or remember anything, you have to study it in order to gain something from it. I struggle with this at times. I try to study the Bible for half an hour each day, but sometimes I only have maybe ten minutes or no time at all. By "not having time," I realize that I'm putting other things before what is truly important. If you don't have time to study the Bible, you are far more busier than God ever intended you to be. If you study the Bible, you will find out what things are important in life and what's not.
Be indefinitely obedient! To make the most of your life, you have to be obedient to God. By being obedient, we are living our life for God. Being obedient can be difficult at times when Satan is throwing everything he's got at us. The closer we get to God, the more it seems like Satan tries to tempt us. We cannot fall away from God because "we can't handle it." 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." There is always an escape route for temptations.
To live your life to the fullest, you have to be involved in every church activity possible, you have to be informed by the Bible to know what is important and what's not, and you have to be indefinitely obedient to God. If you only had one day left, what would you do? You wouldn't waste it, would you? Why waste time when you aren't even guaranteed tomorrow? Today could be your last day and you wouldn't know it, so treat each day as if it was your last. Today, I challenge you to examine your life and fill it with stuff that really matters. Time is precious. Don't waste any more time, make the most of your life by living for God.
After all, the clock is ticking.
By: Jennifer Odom
My name is Jennifer Odom and I've been a Christian since October 2011. I'm a 17-year-old freshman at Freed-Hardeman University. I like reading, crocheting, and Bible journaling. My favorite verse is Philippians 1:21. I write for Tomorrow's Church, Today and am the editor for Beyond the Foam. I hope to speak at several ladies days, become a music teacher, get involved with mission work, and bring as many people as I can with me to heaven. Stepping in Light is affiliated with the church of Christ.