Saturday, January 03, 2009

“Live This Day as if It Were Your Last. It Might Be!” is the title of the last article in Richard Carlson’s book, Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff.

Richard Carlson, psychotherapist and world famous writer died December 13, 2006 of cardiac arrest on a flight from San Francisco to New York City. He was going there to promote his latest book. He was forty-five years old.

In that last article, Carlson wrote: “When are you going to die? In fifty years, twenty, ten, five, today? Last time I checked, no one had told me. I often wonder, when listening to the news, did the person who died in the auto accident on his way home from work remember to tell his family how much he loved them? Did he live well? Did he love well? Perhaps the only thing that is certain is that he still had things in his “in basket” that weren’t yet done.”

He went on to say: “The truth is, none of us has any idea how long we have to live. Sadly, however, we act as if we’re going to live forever. We postpone the things that, deep down, we know we want to do—telling the people we love how much we care, spending time alone, visiting a good friend …and on and on. We come up with elaborate and sophisticated rationales to justify our actions, and end up spending most of our time and energy doing things that aren’t all that important.”

These words come not from the Bible but from a guy who lived his life just like the rest of us but perhaps thought more seriously about living and dieing and then did die at an early age. Maybe we would do well to give serious thought to the things he had to say.

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:13-14


Charlotte said...

This is so true. No one knows which day will be the last. Thank you for this reminder.

Karen @ Arise and Shine said...

Amen Brother Clif! I have learned this lesson all so well. So often purposing in my heart to see my guest off, hugging & kissing my husband and children watching them drive away. Because none of us know if we will see each other again. Another big lesson I have learned is not being mad and unforgiving toward anyone, must forgive folks because walking in unforgiveness sure isn't worth it.

My Mother moved on to Heaven 22 yrs ago, she entered Heaven on my 28th birthday. She and I never said goodbye because we knew we would see each other again because of her love for Jesus. My only sibling took his life 14 years ago, my last memory I have of him was waving good bye and telling him I would see him later. One month earlier I was walking him to his car and asked him if he died today where would he spend eternity. He didn't know, he held my hand and prayed the sinners prayer with me. I know I will see him again. Then 4 yrs ago, my tough ole' Daddy, laid in a hospital bed and for 9 wks I prayed over him, sang and ministered the love of God to him in ways he had never experienced before. All those times I prayed for his salvation came forth right before me. He will greet me in Heaven one day. We never know so we must take advantage of every opportunity to walking in His great LOVE. Blessings,

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Great post! I often think to myself is everything in order? Then I thank the Lord for forgiving me of all my sins! My husbands reminds me of James 4:13-14 often!
God Bless,


Ruthie said...

That's so true - so often we forget the important things in life. Thanks for the reminder.

Smilingsal said...

So true. We buried a friend this week who died two days before Christmas. She was apparently in good health, visiting her family, celebrating Christmas and she dropped dead!

Heaven is richer, but your lesson rings true.

Mevely317 said...

So, I awoke this morning with a heavy heart ...too many obligations; feeling conflicted ... where to start? Then, giving myself permission to rest and surf the web, I came across your post.
Thank you for this reminder, and may you two enjoy a blessed new week!

Ms.Daisy said...

Very good advice too many of us don't take to heart...we set too many priorities that don't really matter. Thanks for the reminder.
I didn't realize Richard Carlson had died so young.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Clif,
Those were the very words I used to tell my sons when they were growing up, "Live this day as though it is your last." Words of wisdom for every generation. Thanks for sharing them once again.
Have a Happy and Blessed New Year.


Joyfull said...

Wonderful advice for the new year. Loved reading and learning from this post.

Cherdecor said...

Thank you for reminding us that today may be our last. There is no guarantee of tomorrow. It feels good to be ready whenever!

Judith said...

echos the song 'One day at time sweet Jesus..'

Charlotte informed that my comments were not working - just to let you know that it is now. Judith