Imagine that an angel appeared to you when you woke this morning. Imagine he told you that your life would be over at midnight, and then vanished. What would your response be? How would you order your day? There would be no time for any major plans, no time for that fantastic cruise to the Bahamas or to climb Mt. Everest. With only 18 hours or less to complete your life on earth, what would be your plan?
While everyone’s actions would be different, to be sure, I believe there are many things we would all agree we would not do. I would not spend time in any trivial conversation, just to pass the time. I would not spend my last hours sitting and dwelling on my failures and regrets. I would not be afraid to tell someone that I loved them, or to introduce myself to someone I always found intimidating in any way. I would not waste a moment bickering with friends or family over inconsequential activities, or fretting about any political speeches or sitting in front of the television. I would not worry if the house was clean or the car was washed.
What I would want to do would be to spend every possible moment with those I love. I would want to encourage everyone I met in hopes of leaving some sort of legacy behind. I would certainly not be afraid to speak my mind, to tell the truth regardless of the circumstance or consequence. I would spend much of my day in prayer, preparing myself for the next stage in my life. I would ask God to show me what I needed to accomplish on this day, to show me those I needed to speak to, and those I needed to forgive.
As I look back over my list, I am struck by the fact that the way I would live my last day on earth is the way I should be living every day on earth. Why are we so afraid to live this way, to live out loud for Christ? Instead we try and live quietly, under the radar, and ultimately in insignificance. I don’t want to be quiet; I don’t want to be insignificant; I want to live loudly. I want to live each day as if I knew it were my last. Join me in making a joyful noise every day we live.