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From birth to death - make every day count

From the time you are little until you are called home...
From the time you are little until you are called home...
Joshua Vincent - Photo by Arlene Farrar

I don't have to tell you how short life is. If you open the obituary column in any newspaper you will see names of people from all different walks of life who have come to the dawn of a new day. Remember, there is always a tomorrow. Life is short, make the most of it. How often have you heard advertising, friends, or even cute bylines to last week's sermon remind you how short life is? Isn’t it obvious that each of us should make the most of the time we are given?

New Year's Eve comes and goes with resolutions to make life more meaningful. Birthdays come every year with wishes to live a more complete life. When a funeral requires our presence, we are faced with our own mortality and thoughts of how to make life really count. Have you ever asked yourself, "How do I make life count?" This is a valid question that every person needs to address.

Paul helps us answer this question in Philippians 2:3, "...but in humility, consider others as more important than yourselves." Before defining what love really is, Paul writes this in 1 Corinthians 12:31, "...And now I will show you a better way." Making every day count is all about what we do for others. In the biblical context, how much better is our life when it is given for others. If we love according to God's definition of love (see 1 Corinthians 13:1 - 8), and if we really consider others more important, then we have certainly taken steps to make every day count.

One day, the New Year will be measured in eternity. There will be no more birthdays and no more funerals to attend. One day, we will see Jesus face to face. The conversation will be short and to the point. What will you hear Jesus say? If you have spent your life making every day count, Jesus will smile and tell you, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21) Dear friend – make it count.