Expiration Dates

Why is it that as human beings we seem to live as if we will always have tomorrow? We take so many things in our lives for granted; our health, our relationships, our jobs, our finances, etc. We say things like; someday we’ll go visit our friends and relatives or when this happens, I’ll be able to take better care of myself. When I am making this amount of money then I’ll be able to save some.

So many times it takes a crisis to shake us up and remind us that none of us are promised tomorrow. A loved one gets cancer, or suddenly dies and we are left to regret not taking the time to connect with them more. This is not just our elderly friends and family; tragedy can strike at any age.

We take our health for granted by making small choices each day to eat the wrong thing or not exercise or get enough rest. I’ve even said, “I know I shouldn’t be eating this, but tomorrow’s another day?” Then one day we wake up and realize that we are overweight and don’t have the energy we used to. Many of us will blame it on “getting old”, but the fact is it’s because we haven’t taken care of ourselves over a long period of time.

We take for granted that our jobs will always be there and then seemingly out of nowhere comes the day we are called into the office and told it’s over. We take for granted that we will always be able to make money and never stop to plan and prepare for that bump in the road.

We take our spouse for granted and think they will always be there; then the unthinkable happens. They suddenly pass away or get sick or leave because we’ve neglected them for so long. We always think we’ll have another chance to say those things that we should have said, and then it’s gone!

I wonder how we might choose to look at things differently if everything were labeled with expiration dates. When you clip coupons you are constantly aware of the expiration date. You want to make sure you can use it before it expires. Some places like Bed, Bath & Beyond accept expired coupons and that makes me think about the way most of us live life. We think that we will defy the odds; that stuff only happens to other people, right? We think we will always have time to make things right.

The Bible talks to us about the need to realize that we don’t have forever.

Psalms 90:12 “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

Psalms 39:4-6 4“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing
they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!

Matthew 24:36-39 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

We shouldn’t spend all of our time fearing the worst, but we should take the time to enjoy the small moments in life, walk in gratitude for what we have today and make preparation for the future. When we walk through all these things in balance we will be able to enjoy our life every day.

Who can you reach out to today? What small change can you make today in your lifestyle so that tomorrow can be better?


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