“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.

—Psalm 39:4

I bet you’ve heard the saying “live like you were dying” at least once in your life. If you haven’t heard someone say it to your face, you might’ve heard it sung to you by Tim McGraw on the radio a half dozen times.

Take a second to reread the verse above.

It’s an odd concept, isn’t it? It changes everything to know that our time is limited.

Given a deadline, we work hastily to finish a project. After setting a wedding date, we work diligently to make preparations. Given a terminal diagnosis, many attempt to live out a “bucket list”.

If God spoke to us and told us, “I’m coming back x/xx/xxxx” or “your time is up on x/xx/xxxx”, how much more diligently would we work for the Kingdom of God?

Author Donald Miller writes in his book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life:

“If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn’t cry at the end when he drove off the lot, testing the windshield wipers. You wouldn’t tell your friends you saw a beautiful movie or go home and put a record on to think about the story you’d seen. The truth is, you wouldn’t remember that movie a week later, except you’d feel robbed and want your money back. Nobody cries at the end of a movie about a guy who wants a Volvo.

But we spend years actually living those stories, and expect our lives to be meaningful. The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either”

Does that resonate with your soul? Take some time to think how or if your life would be different if you knew when you’d come face to face with the Father, and live like he’s coming back, because He promised that He is!