Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 14:6
Sarah Danner Lebanon Church Devotions

If Today Was My Last Day

     If  today was my last day on Earth (which it very well could be) I would like my last words and actions to be things I usually do and say. For instance, when people get diagnosed with cancer, their bucket list items start getting crossed off like magic. Why? Because reality hits them and they realize their time here is ending sooner than they thought. But you and I, cancer free or not, could also die any second as well.

     So what are we waiting for people? You’re probably thinking, umm a million dollars to go travel the world Sarah, duh. Don’t you wanna die in Hawaii drinking out of coconut too? As awesome as that sounds, not everyone gets that experience, so ya gotta work with what ya got. Don’t get too bummed out though, because I guarantee you that Heaven is going to be better than any vacation destination you could ever dream of.

     But if you’re like me, you can’t decide what to pack into one day. There’s so many places I would go and people I’d hug. I don’t know where to begin.

     And then I came across the book of Ecclesiastes, if you’ve never read it, I highly suggest you go check it out. It’s about a wise teacher who goes through life trying to find satisfaction and pleasure in things like building big homes, planting beautiful vineyards, discovering gold, and owning huge herds of flock. He had everything that you and I could ever ask for! However he learns that everything he has worked hard for is meaningless. We are never satisfied on Earth as humans. Ecclesiastes 2:16 says, “For the wise and the foolish both die. The wise will not be remembered any longer than the fool. In the days to come both will be forgotten.”

      So this teacher comes to conclude that while this world and the endless desires it offers are meaningless, God never will be. Instead He holds in His hand the biggest reward yet to come. That’s why it’s so important to chase God! Unlike money or romance, He is more than enough for you and I promise won’t leave you feeling lonely. “Don’t let the excitement of your youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor Him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is  not pleasant anymore.” Ecclesiastes 12:1

So Here’s How to Live a Meaningful Life: Stop counting down the days and start losing track of what day you’re in. I challenge you to choose joy even when there’s nothing but evil around. To make the tense person in the room feel relaxed and at home. Just take a minute and appreciate your blessings and if you can’t find any, keep looking, they’re right in front of you. You may have lost a lot in this life, but you’re going to get a whole lot more out of it if you just keep your head up. Get to the point to where you cherish each day so much, that you’re begging God for another one, don’t just take it for granted.

     And on the days where you may want them to be your last, when you can’t see His light shining anymore, I have faith that our God will never quit coming after you, and won’t leave you alone or let you go to sleep without Him in your heart. How much of a blessing it is to receive each and every breath the Lord gives us and to have His grace showering over us through every day, rain or shine.

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