This morning, I pondered how I would live if I knew how much time I had left. I realized it is easy to go to sleep every night knowing (or at least believing) that there would be another day. I can always accomplish tomorrow what I could have done today.
The problem is – the list of things I want to do piles up. At some point, there is no more time to accomplish everything I wanted to accomplish. Here I am at midlife (barring any illness or accident), and what have I accomplished? What treasures have I stored up in Heaven?
Let’s see, I worked for a number of years in corporate America. I helped with a lot of real estate projects. I directed. I took direction.
I made money, and donated some to various charities. I have taken in people who were down on their luck to give them a chance to get their feet back under them. I have ministered to prisoners. I have served food to the poor. I have donated clothes to various charities. I have gone to church, and had an on again / off again prayer life. I have helped family when they needed help. I have preached the Gospel, and continue to do so.
I suppose this is a good start to storing up treasures in Heaven. Still, if I knew the number of my days, I think there would be more intensity behind my efforts. Some would say I do not need to perform works for my salvation, but for me, works are an expression of gratitude. More importantly, if I active the Spirit within me, then I am allowing God to be present to people through me. What else is the meaning of life but being Christ to others? This is the legacy I desire to leave behind me. This is the legacy that requires more effort to build. This idea of legacy is what I will take to prayer today in order to see what else I can do.
Spend some time today pondering your own life. How would you live if you were told the number of your days left on earth? What do you want your legacy to be? If you are not already doing so, how can you increase your efforts to improve that which you will one day leave behind.