We must work the works of the one who sent me as long as it’s still daytime. The night is coming, and nobody can work then!
In the fourth chapter of The Rule of Saint Benedict there is this instruction:
To have death present before one’s eyes every day.
It is important to consciously remember that our time here as we know it is limited.
Even Jesus says here that we need to make the most of our time while we have it, because our days are numbered, and we will one day need to give an account for what we did with the time we were given here on “old earth.”
Along these lines, another helpful motivator for me is to put sleep into the context of years. It was somewhat startling to me when one day I realized that I have slept for approximately fifteen years! Since December of 1972, I’ve only been awake for thirty years of it! Weird.
So I want to invest my time, not waste it, for we don’t have as much of it as we might think. As my friend Sam regularly reminds himself: “What’s the point of my entire life?”
It can be healthy to think daily that you will one day die, to bring it closer to home so that your thoughts can be focused toward what is most important on a more consistent basis.
For me personally, when I think of dying, for reals, I don’t immediately think, “I’m so glad I collected every Star Wars action figure made between 1977 and 1985!” As fun as that was. I think, “Have I dedicated what God has gifted me with to Him and the expansion of His kingdom? Have I been present and attentive to my wife and daughters? Have I loved other people? Have I loved God all my days with all my heart?”
How are you investing your time?