(November 9, 2021) Mama Lava shares a thoughtful challenge…
I just had a conversation with the youngest and oldest of my five children. For context, they are 18 and 26 years old.
We sat down at the same time for breakfast and began to discuss what we would do today if we knew it was our last day to live. I thought the discussion was hilarious, stereotypical, and insightful. It went like this:
My own answer was simple.
‘What would I do if I knew today was my last day to live? I’d go to the beach, my happy place! I’d communicate my gratitude and encouragements and goodbyes from the sand, serenaded by crashing surf. I’d pray, and later be calling, texting, and writing.’
My son’s helpful ‘abandon’ list
My youngest had a completely different take. He asked, ‘I’m going to die tomorrow… for sure? Then I can’t die today, right?’
My oldest and I looked at each other. We hadn’t thought of that. I was completely amused by his line of thinking. He continued…‘I’d go skydiving without a parachute’ he started.
‘But just because you aren’t going to die today doesn’t mean you won’t feel pain today,’ I interjected. ‘Wouldn’t it be worse to sky-dive without a parachute and not die?’
He agreed, and thoughtfully said, ‘Ok, then if today is the last day of my life, and I know I’m going to die tomorrow, I’d do something reckless and die before it catches up to me. I’d rob a bank and spread the money to the poor, like Robin Hood.’
‘Or I’d visit people in the hospital with covid, who have nobody to sit with them, because it wouldn’t matter if I was exposed. I’d switch places with someone sentenced to life in prison. I’d go out with abandon.’
My daughter’s long to-do list
My oldest began to laugh. We looked at her. She pointed out the difference in their personalities and said if today was the last day of her life, she was going to have to tackle a to-do list that was very long.
‘I’d be writing my will,’ she stated. ‘I’d need to clean my room and my car. I’d make sure my bills were paid and I’d email instructions for the person who would take over my job.’
She chuckled. ‘I’d be taking care of all the little details, to make it easier on everyone once I was gone.’
I was thoroughly amused by the conversation, even though the subject matter could have been very sobering. Isn’t that so typical of how a first born and a baby of the family would tend to think? I chuckled to myself, as I got an insightful peek into these personalities that I love so much. I really need to ask more open-ended questions.
Quotes from others…
Here’s what some people have written or said about our last day on earth…‘Let your light shine, never look back and live as if today is your last day… because it just might be.’ (American author Gena Showalter).
‘Live as if today is the last day of your life. Love and be kind as if this is the last chance to express it.’ (Physician and philosopher Dr Debasish Mridha).
‘May I speak each word as if my last word and walk each step as my final one. If my life should end today, let this be my best day.’ (Anonymous).
Dr Billy Graham wrote, ‘How different would today be if you knew it would be your last one on earth before meeting God face-to-face? We should strive to live every day as if it was our last, for one day it will be!’
What about you?
God’s word says in Job 14:5 (parenthesis mine), ‘A person’s days are determined; you (God) have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed’ and in Psalm 90:12,‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.’
In view of the above scriptures, I dare to ask … What about you?
If today is the last day of your life, what are you going to do with the time?
Mama Lava believes in making the big world a bit smaller through connection. Believing that everybody deserves to be wrapped in maternal love when they need it, she regularly shares encouragements… telling life experiences from an unapologetically Christian point of view the way she sees it, just as a mother does, via her link, Mama Lava’s Back Porch (A Dose of Maternal Love).