(Note: It’s only 7:30am, so if parts of this are completely incoherent, I reserve the right to come back and edit later today).
I’m a country music fan. There I said it. I like country music. Wait! Don’t go! I promise this won’t be a nauseating post trying to get you to change your listening habits.
A year ago, a popular song was Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” The song was about a conversation with a man who found out that he only had so long to live and all of the things that he did – skying diving, mountain climbing, bull riding, he loved harder, made things right with his wife, etc… By finding out that he was going to die, he found not only that he had a lot worth living for, but also a lot of living to do.
We live in a world that is dying. Sometimes I think we spend too much time talking about how if someone dies they might not go to heaven. The truth is that if someone dies, they might end up in Hell. We just don’t like to think of that possibility and when we talk about someone not going to heaven, we’re able to avoid the reality of Hell and eternal separation from God. We spend too much time leaving our loved ones in a dying world instead of showing them that there is so much worth living for.
Imagine with me that you only have a year left in your life. What are the things that you would do? Maybe you would travel the world. Maybe you would call people from your past and make somethings right. Maybe you would tell someone about Jesus (we all should – remember you can’t take stuff to heaven with you, but you can take people!). Maybe you would finally make things right between yourself and God, giving Him that one piece you’ve been holding back for all these years.
Now imagine you only had a month. A week. A day. What would you spend your time doing? How would you live if you lived like you were dying?