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What Would You Do If You Knew Today Was the Last Day of Your Life?

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This morning I was reading the words of a religious leader who sends out a weekly bulletin. He quoted something his mother used to tell him:

“Think, what if today was the last day of your life? What would you do with it? How would you treat those you love, and those around you? Suddenly the things around you that have so much meaning will seem so unimportant, and the purpose and meaning of your life will emerge from the shadows.”

Obviously, the purpose of such a question is to make people think on what’s truly important, hopefully causing an attitude adjustment and change in perspective. But as I sat there contemplating this question for myself I realized that what I would do if today was the last day of my life, and I knew it, would be something I do on a very regular basis anyway: I’d spend the day with my son.

I tell him all the time how much I love him, and I have no doubts whatsoever that my actions show it. If I died today, my son would be able to remember a father to whom he was the most important person in the world, who loved to play with him and chase him, who never raised his voice to him a single time in his entire life, and who he could trust to tell anything.

Despite my mismanagement of it, I’ve had a blessed life. I’ve encountered God. I’ve experienced deep love from The Father to his son, and as a father to his son.

If today was my last, I’d take a brief moment to send a few quick emails to family and friends, reassuring them that I loved them very much but that I was spending my very last day on earth doing the one thing that feeds my soul more than any other: laughing and playing with my boy.

How about you? How would you spend yours?

15 thoughts on “What Would You Do If You Knew Today Was the Last Day of Your Life?

  1. This has always been a difficult question for me—there are so many things a person can do on their last day. If today were my last, I would want to do one of two things: spend time with my friends and family (preferably at my favorite places), and write a list of everything I have wanted to say but couldn’t.

    Writing and appreciating my loved ones: those are two things I haven’t done enough of.

    Cheers.

  2. This has always been a difficult question for me—there are so many things a person can do on their last day. If today were my last, I would want to do one of two things: spend time with my friends and family (preferably at my favorite places), and write a list of everything I have wanted to say but couldn’t.

    Writing and appreciating my loved ones: those are two things I haven’t done enough of.

    Cheers.

  3. I’d choose the same exact way to spend my last day, no questions asked!!! Being w/ my babies (which is what I am doing today, as well!). There is no greater joy on this earth.

    I was on my way home from church with them this afternoon, and Bre (my 9 yr old) was telling me all about what she learned in children’s church. She said they talked a lot about the fruits of the Holy Spirit…. and she GOT it! She said, “From now on, I am going to try a lot harder to SHOW you that I love you, and not just say it all the time”. I assured her she already did a great job, but she assured me she still has room for improvement. I told her I was proud of her for having such a beautiful heart, and shared with her one of my mottos, “Actions speak louder than words”. I then explained to her how important it is to me to show her and my boys that my love is so deep and forever and unconditionally solid. She said, “you don’t have to worry, Mom. You are already REALLY good at that.” That so made my day!

    Reading your comment about how you would spend your very last day the same way you spend it every day you possibly can in the here and now…. it just confirmed the thought Breauna conveyed to me in the car… life is way too short not to spend it acting out love with all of our being and giving that gift to the ones who mean the most… our children.

    Hope you ans Caden are blessed today.

    ~m~

  4. I’d choose the same exact way to spend my last day, no questions asked!!! Being w/ my babies (which is what I am doing today, as well!). There is no greater joy on this earth.

    I was on my way home from church with them this afternoon, and Bre (my 9 yr old) was telling me all about what she learned in children’s church. She said they talked a lot about the fruits of the Holy Spirit…. and she GOT it! She said, “From now on, I am going to try a lot harder to SHOW you that I love you, and not just say it all the time”. I assured her she already did a great job, but she assured me she still has room for improvement. I told her I was proud of her for having such a beautiful heart, and shared with her one of my mottos, “Actions speak louder than words”. I then explained to her how important it is to me to show her and my boys that my love is so deep and forever and unconditionally solid. She said, “you don’t have to worry, Mom. You are already REALLY good at that.” That so made my day!

    Reading your comment about how you would spend your very last day the same way you spend it every day you possibly can in the here and now…. it just confirmed the thought Breauna conveyed to me in the car… life is way too short not to spend it acting out love with all of our being and giving that gift to the ones who mean the most… our children.

    Hope you ans Caden are blessed today.

    ~m~

  5. I’d probably do the one thing that I have said for years that I am going to do but still haven’t. Sit across from the video camera and speak to my son on video so he could have it forever. I would definitely tell him things I have told him many times before- how he saved my life- how he gave me life- how he made the difference in my world. This time though I would also make sure he knew what I hoped for his future- how I believe God’s promises for his life and have proclaimed them for him when he wasn’t ready or willing to. How there has not been one day on this face of this earth that I haven’t prayed for him- loved him and was thankful for him….

    blah blah blah…

  6. I’d probably do the one thing that I have said for years that I am going to do but still haven’t. Sit across from the video camera and speak to my son on video so he could have it forever. I would definitely tell him things I have told him many times before- how he saved my life- how he gave me life- how he made the difference in my world. This time though I would also make sure he knew what I hoped for his future- how I believe God’s promises for his life and have proclaimed them for him when he wasn’t ready or willing to. How there has not been one day on this face of this earth that I haven’t prayed for him- loved him and was thankful for him….

    blah blah blah…

  7. Last day? Rejoice and be glad in it!! With my family…laughing…playing…EATING!! Last or First….doesn’t matter. Everyday rejoice and be glad in it!

  8. Last day? Rejoice and be glad in it!! With my family…laughing…playing…EATING!! Last or First….doesn’t matter. Everyday rejoice and be glad in it!

  9. Rampage.

    Yeah….I have a nice list of those who have pissed me off and I would have one hell of a fun time dealing with them.

    Think of the Mooby Burger scene from Dogma….Yep.

    Give me a break about thinking of others. Screw that. This is my last day and I’m going to be selfish.

  10. Rampage.

    Yeah….I have a nice list of those who have pissed me off and I would have one hell of a fun time dealing with them.

    Think of the Mooby Burger scene from Dogma….Yep.

    Give me a break about thinking of others. Screw that. This is my last day and I’m going to be selfish.

  11. I would want my children and grandchildren around me.
    I might write a list of special memories and thoughts, for my children to keep.
    And if I was dying from something painful I would definitely want some pain medication, ha ha! I am not too brave!
    I remember when my Mom was dying, so much love was pouring out of her, and I want to be like that.
    I know that my family knows I love them very much, and I think I have been very blessed in my life.

  12. I would want my children and grandchildren around me.
    I might write a list of special memories and thoughts, for my children to keep.
    And if I was dying from something painful I would definitely want some pain medication, ha ha! I am not too brave!
    I remember when my Mom was dying, so much love was pouring out of her, and I want to be like that.
    I know that my family knows I love them very much, and I think I have been very blessed in my life.

  13. It is truly hard to really predict your exact activities because it’s so hard to actually come to grips with the end that’s so certain.

    There wouldn’t be enough time to travel anywhere interesting or exotic. I definitely wouldn’t want to just waste my time surfing the internet or something stupid like that. I STILL probably wouldn’t have the balls to try to hang out with the girl I really like. I wouldn’t bother calling my family or friends because, what’s the point?

    I think what I would really do, is sit down to watch a nice movie, have the best meal that I could get ahold of, and perhaps enjoy a very fine beer. I’m sure these tastes will change as I get older, but for now, that’s my perfect vision of the last day of my life.

    But that’s just me.

  14. It is truly hard to really predict your exact activities because it’s so hard to actually come to grips with the end that’s so certain.

    There wouldn’t be enough time to travel anywhere interesting or exotic. I definitely wouldn’t want to just waste my time surfing the internet or something stupid like that. I STILL probably wouldn’t have the balls to try to hang out with the girl I really like. I wouldn’t bother calling my family or friends because, what’s the point?

    I think what I would really do, is sit down to watch a nice movie, have the best meal that I could get ahold of, and perhaps enjoy a very fine beer. I’m sure these tastes will change as I get older, but for now, that’s my perfect vision of the last day of my life.

    But that’s just me.

  15. This is very hrd question for me,but I need to answer your question.I’am going to do is to spend my time to my friends and my families.

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