Time to live like you are dying

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By JE Bolton

What do you think when you hear about the end of the world?

Do you believe it will happen, or do you feel as though it’s nothing more than a mere hoax? Despite your beliefs, this week’s story relates to everyone, Christian or not.

Anyone who knows me, personally or through my weekly column, knows that I whole-heartedly believe in God.

However, something did catch my attention this past week that I couldn‘t help but comment on. There’s been this major rumor on national television for the last few months that says Nostradamus, the age-old prophet, predicted the world was going to end on December 21, 2012. In fact, other things, such as the Mayan calendar, predicted it as well.

In a belief sense, no one person knows what and when it will happen.

Also, in a literal sense, where were these predictions during the whole “Y2K” fear?

It would’ve been nice to learn about 2012 before the hording of food and supplies went into effect.

I also couldn’t help but think about the number of people who truly believe in the end of the world taking place in the year 2012. I’m sure there are some people in this world who’ve put off going to college, buying a home or starting a family, all because someone told them to prepare for the last few years of their lives.

That’s great and all, but what about living today as though it were our last? During Y2K, many people were waiting until December 31, 1999 to tell those how much they meant to them.

How many of us have done that today, in the now?

Let me encourage you, dear readers, that today is the day to live, not three years from now, whether it does happen or not. Tell someone today that you love them. None of us are promised tomorrow. Make the impact in the now and not when we think it might be too late.

When members of my own family were diagnosed with cancer and died of other health-related problems, none of them knew they’d die so soon. They were not promised a certain date. I’m sure if they, and anyone else who‘ve passed on, knew they were going to die, they would’ve taken living a lot less for granted.

Know that today’s the day to read that book you’ve been putting off, enjoy those grandchildren instead of making excuses to keep from seeing them, and offering a kind word or two to someone who needs it most.

Also, today’s the day to trust that God only knows when things are going to happen when they‘re supposed to happen. And most of all, as the lyrics of a Tim McGraw song goes, today’s the day to “live like you were dying”.