How To Live Your Last Day

Each morning consecrate yourselves and your children to God for that day. Make no calculation for months or years; these are not yours. One brief day is given you. As if it were your last on earth, work during its hours for the Master. Lay all your plans before God, to be carried out or given up, as His providence shall indicate. Accept His plans instead of your own, even though their acceptance requires the abandonment of cherished projects. Thus the life will be molded more and more after the divine example; “and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7. – {Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 7 44.5}

John 4:34 – Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”

I’ve heard people talk about living each day as if it were their last. It seems to me to be an ambiguous concept where people try to live it up as much as possible. Or, viewing it the other way, not doing anything out of the ordinary, because what you do normally is what you want to be doing normally.

What we should do is give God access to the pantry of our lives to allow him to make us into whatever recipe he wants each day. When I think about surrender I picture putting things like my daily exercise and triathlons, things that are important to me in an altar. I need to act knowing that God’s plans are best and that unselfishness is truly the way of life. Even if they are less comfortable than what I wanted to do originally, they are the path of peace.

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