When we really think about it, everyday of our life is a precious gift. There are those who have and will wake up one day not knowing that day will be their last due to accidents, a sudden heart attack or some other unexpected event. While watching the doubles luge competition during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, I reflected on the tragic, fatal accident of Nodar Kumaritashvili, the 21-year old Georgian luge slider who hit a metal beam after flying off the course during a practice run for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada).
The truth is, not one of us is ever guaranteed tomorrow. It's only because of the Lord, "we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28). Do you often think about how you've spent your time? I know I have. All we have is today. Yesterday is gone and we can't retrieve the time that has now passed. May we see each new day as a gift that should never be taken for granted. Starting now, how do you want to redeem the time you've been given and how do you want to use it?
"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 that will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.'" (James 4:13-15)