The headlines are all around me. I read about tragedies that happen on a daily basis. People are dying in house fires, motorcycle accidents, drownings, murders, and yes, even cancer can snatch someone away very suddenly. All of them leaving behind families and friends unexpectedly. I am sure each victim, if they could, would tell me that they would live life a bit differently had they only known when their time on earth was to end.
But that’s the mysterious thing about life, isn’t it? Most of us truly live our lives as if we will go about our business here forever. We’re busy making plans for our future…setting goals for what sort of job we want to have in 5 years…what sort of car we want to drive in 10 years…what colleges our children will attend…making our living…building our castles…building up our 401K. I’m not saying that preparing for the future and setting goals is in and of itself a bad thing. It is necessary. But, I have been convicted lately that we seem to be attempting to make a permanent residence out of a place that essentially is not our home. We don’t take TODAY seriously enough. We tend to put things off because we have tomorrow, or at least we think we do.