For the past 19 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
I you had to buy time, would their be any difference in the way you would spend it? Would you use the minutes, hours, and days of your life more wisely? Of course, we can’t put a price tag on the minutes and hours we possess. They are given to us freely. But that doesn’t excuse us from using them carefully and wisely. And this doesn’t mean that we have to be working every single moment. It’s necessary to take a break every so often, We use our time wisely when we combine the appropriate “stops” and “steps”.
How difficult it is for some highly intelligent people to admit that in their own wisdom they can’t answer life’s ultimate question. The well-known astrophysicist Fred Hoyle said “A common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there no blind forces worth speaking about in nature.”
Imagine that you’re visiting a place when you realize that you’re being followed. Your every move is watched. Your every conversation is monitored. It’s as if all times someone wants to know what you are doing, saying and planning. You are constantly under the scrutiny of another, and it seems there is no place to hide. Fortunately, most of us don’t know what it’s like to live under that kind of surveillance.
Security and significance are two essential elements of emotional health. If we feel we are safe from harm as well as safe from rejection and loneliness, we are blessed with those two essentials. Additionally, if we know that we are viewed with affection and appreciation by at least some of the people who matter to us, that gives us sense of value. Even the best of human love is insufficient to give us the security and significance we need. Why? One reason is that man’s life is fleeting. People grow old and die, and love eventually comes to an end. Another reason is that i personal relationship, we know that people are sinful and unfaithful.
We all have some regrets about the past and try to forget our sins and mistakes. We feel a lot like the Peanuts comic strip character Linus, who said, “Maybe we should think only about today.” Charlie Brown disagreed, “No. That’s giving up. I’m still hoping yesterday will get better.”
We know that we can’t change what happened yesterday. But we can learn from yesterdays sin and mistakes, and with God’s help we can use that knowledge to make better tomorrow.