A birthday is anniversary of birth and it’s typical a celebratory time to turn up…right? I wander how we would respond if we knew our actual death date. Most people who are given this prognosis become extremely generous, forgiving, and forbearing. Isn’t ironic that on our birthday we celebrate ourselves but when we learn that our life is expiring our desires shift to preserving time and selflessly celebrating others! It’s easy to get caught up in the little nuisances and annoyances of life and forget the big picture. We bicker and fuss over the littlest things that don’t even really matter. If we can just take the time to realize that life is extremely short in comparison to eternity and that tomorrow is never promised (James 4:13-14), maybe we can start loving life a little more and appreciating what we have before we leave this earth and those we love the most. Ecclesiastes 8:8 reminds us that, “None of us can hold back our spirit from departing. None of us has the power to prevent the day of our death…” There is no doubt that we all get caught up in the day-to-day busyness (minutia) of life. However, if we knew that our time left on this earth was drawing nearer, there’s no doubt our priorities would shift! My point today is not to provocate fear rather, to remind you that a life is best lived as a gift well spent. So today, live like you’re dying!