What if we lived each week as if it were our last?

BY DR. DAN ERICKSON

One of these weeks will indeed be our "finale." 

But since we don’t know when that will be, what if we lived each one as if it were our last opportunity?
 
I’m not advocating bizarre behavior as we saw during Y2K – people stockpiling grain and guns and pulling their kids out of school. Instead, we should follow the Apostle Paul’s guidance in Ephesians 5.

Be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
— Ephesians 5:15


In that spirit, what would be on your “last week” checklist? The mere exercise of creating it clarifies what really matters.

  • Who needs an apology?
  • What relationship needs restored (regardless of who was “right”)?
  • Who needs to hear, “I love you” or “thank you”?
  • Is there a wrong we need to right?
  • Who needs to hear about Jesus Christ?

Pascal wrote that most men spend their lives “playing for small stakes.”
 
My friends, we’re playing for big stakes – the hearts and souls of men and women.
 
Let’s make this week count.

Who knows? It meet be our last opportunity before we meet the Lord.