For the last few weeks, I have been thinking about Expiration Dates and the fact that each one of us has one. I see each of us as having an Expiration Date stamped on the back of our necks at the time of our birth. It’s not a visible mark, mind you. You know, one that we can see if we hold a mirror up to the back of our necks. It is invisible and has been stamped there by our Creator. No one else can see it. He alone knows which day will be our final day.
The problem is that none of us knows our Expiration Date. If we did, we would live quite differently than we do. Most of the time, we live as if we have all the time in the world, but we don’t, our time is limited here on Earth. Intrinsically we know this fact but it is hard to incorporate it into our daily lives. How can we live in such a way that we keep our eyes on the Eternal and not on the transient?
If you are like me, it will take intentionality in order to do it. I must remind myself daily that this could be my last day and I need to do whatever I am supposed to do today. If I live that way, I will be ready when my Expiration Date arrives.
What about you? How do you keep your mortality in mind so that you can keep your priorities straight? Let me know.
“So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12