Each year we reflect on 911 and remember those who lost their lives from that vicious attack on our nation. In addition to remembering and honoring the fallen heroes from 911, many worldwide continue to grieve for loved ones who have died from COVID and other causes. All of these sad reminders constantly reveal to us that death is unavoidable. Therefore, we must keep in mind that tomorrow is not promised.
We plan what we will do tomorrow, next week, next month, and the following year. But death has a way of changing things. It has a way of knocking us back to reality, knocking us back to the here, the now. Death always has a way of making us reflect on our lives, the things we haven’t done, dreams we were too afraid to pursue. Somehow, the end of life has a way of reminding us that life on this earth is but a vapor. We’re here today, but we may be gone the next day. Tomorrow is not promised, so we must live each day God gives us to the fullest.
HOW CAN WE LIVE EACH DAY TO THE FULLEST?
- Appreciate each day! Each day that God gives us has to be enjoyed. With thanksgiving in our hearts, we have to cherish everything God sends our way. We have to thank God for the trials and celebrate the triumphs that He allows because both are part of His plan (Ps. 107:1; Col. 3:15).
- See each day as a blessing! Since tomorrow is not promised to us, we have to see each day as a blessing. Each day is a gift. We can’t spend the day grumbling, complaining, unhappy, fault-finding, and concentrating on negativity. Instead, fill our thoughts with positives thoughts, good thoughts. Take time to notice and smell the roses. We don’t want to miss seeing the worth and beauty that the Lord gives us (Phil.2:13-15; Phil. 4:8). Each day is a blessing, and we have an opportunity to make things right.
- Focus on today! If God has given us a new day, let’s focus on that day. Let’s make the best out of today. Let’s do what we can on this day, not worrying about tomorrow and its troubles and the what-ifs. If God grants us tomorrow, most surely, tomorrow will be taken care of. God holds tomorrow in His hands, and He will take care of all its issues. He promises to meet every need (Phil. 4:19; Matt. 6:3).
- Live every moment like it’s our last time! Be the best you that you can be! Say “I love you” to our loved ones before we walk out the door. Give big, strong, and long hugs (I love strong hugs!). Say “I’m sorry” and really mean it. Try to restore the broken relationship. Let bygones be bygones. Treasure every moment we have with our loved ones. Love with all our might! Forgive, forgive, and forgive again (Matthew 18:21)! Don’t hold grudges. Take advantage of every opportunity that God gives us because that opportunity may not be here tomorrow (Col. 3:13; Luke 6:37).
Sister, death has a way of knocking us back to reality and gripping us with the reminder that life is too short. It has a way of reminding us that we are just strangers traveling through this barren land. (I’m so glad that this is not my home!) And for this reason, pursue that scary and what seems impossible dream. Laugh out loud. Dance like no one is watching. Sing hard and loud as you do in the shower when you think no one is listening. Embrace God’s unspeakable joy (that joy is Jesus!) because the joy of the Lord is the strength we need to appreciate and live each day to the fullest.
Don’t neglect your time with the Lord. He’s looking forward to spending time with you. Here’s a biblical principle to keep you encouraged and focused while living your day in full:
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. (John 10:10-11, NLT)
Be encouraged to walk in freedom with Jesus Christ.
Revises/edited September 17, 2021. Originally written and posted September 12, 2016.