|English: Scroll of the Psalms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
So teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
World English Bible (WEB)
Would you live your life differently if you knew the exact day and hour that you were going to die? According to the Bible the average lifespan is about 70 to 80 years (Psalm 90:10). That was written a few thousand years ago and holds true to this day. However there are no guarantees that any of us will reach that age. Indeed more than a few of us will perhaps live beyond that projection. The fact of the matter remains that we might live to a hundred or we might die today.
So, not having that knowledge of time and date of death how should we live. The oft heard adage tells us that we should live as though there were no tomorrow. That can mean many things to different people. The "carpe diem" philosophy is a hedonistic view for some, but that translates to absolute self-centered fulfillment of ones own desires. Maybe that's not the way to go when measured by the expanse of the rest of humanity. Too many people live for themselves without consideration of the legacy they leave to the world. They want it all, but the fact is they can take none of the pleasure to the grave.
Perhaps living for oneself is not the wisest choice. Satan wants us to succumb to evil. His temptations are alluring yet empty. The foolish heart pursues the darkness. Look to the Light! Our days on Earth are numbered and we should use each one wisely. Live each day as though it were the last. Hold tight to life yet be ready to let go when God's call is sounded.
My life is God's gift to me. My mission is to understand His will and to learn His ways. The time for action is today for I may not have a tomorrow.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
New International Version (NIV)