What kind of a life do you want to have lived by the time you go on to Glory? Does shaping your entire life seem overwhelming? It need not, because a lifetime is made up of many days and days are manageable things. It is easier to succeed at exhibiting godly character when striving to do so a day at a time, rather than wishing one’s whole life will one day exemplify those elusive character traits.
Each day is like a mini-lifetime. The Bible shows (through Creation week) that the day begins in the evening and so with the beginning of life. Every one of us began in that dark, special place within our mothers and from there we continue to be knit together, sleeping and growing, as at night. Then morning dawns as we are born and begin to relate to those around us. Preparation for the day is mostly concerned with physical needs—dressing, eating and cleanliness—as is a baby’s routine.
Then, life picks up speed and by midday we are at the peak of productivity, just like in the height of midlife. Toward the evening of the day, activities wind down and become more passive, as they do in old age. Then before sleep, the focus again turns to bodily needs (when we are elderly, our needs resemble that of babies’). At last, there may or may not be a sliver of time to reconcile with any alienated relationships before one’s day is over ( “Do not let the sun go down on your anger” – Ephesians 4:26). So with the end of life as well, when people long to make it right with others before meeting the Judge of all the earth.
Finally while lying in bed awaiting the unconsciousness that will last till morning or the Resurrection (as the case may be), the realization comes that the day/lifetime has been lived, and it is too late to change how. Preparing to meet our Maker is the only responsibility left. In prayer, reuniting the soul with its Lover, confessing our sins and pleading for others in deep intercession is the best way to fall asleep in the Everlasting arms.
We can find encouragement in the microcosm (small-scale reproduction) of a lifetime in a day, because it shows that if a day is a picture of a life, the way we live each day will form the way we live our whole lives. A day is manageable enough to ask for Yahweh’s help to bridle passions, shape our character and demonstrate self-sacrifice for others.
So, if your entire lifetime were encapsulated in today, how would you want to live it? Would you want to be more patient? Invest more in certain relationships? Display a more cheerful countenance? Serve people more often? Pray and worship the Creator more? Today is the opportunity of a lifetime! Let us live it in such a way that the King of Kings could condone with His glorious benediction: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Happy first day of the rest of your life!