Life Resolutions

"Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise," - Ephesians 5:15

We have all heard of the phrase, live each day like it is your last. The former co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs, once said, "When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: 'If you live each day as if it was your last, some day you will most certainly be right.' It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'no' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."

"What would you do if it is your last day?" is a good question, however "What would you not do if it is your last day?" is even a better one. The renown 18th century American preacher and theologian, Johnathan Edwards, who is best known for his sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, in number 7 of his popular resolutions for life wrote, " Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life."

I think Tolstoy nailed it down when he said, "Memento mori-remember death! These are important words. If we kept in mind that we will soon inevitably die, our lives would be completely different. If a person knows that he will die in a half hour, he certainly will not bother doing trivial, stupid, or, especially, bad things during this half hour. Perhaps you have half a century before you die-what makes this any different from a half hour?"

What about you?

What would you do if it is your last day?

What would you not do if it is your last day?

Are you going to live each day like it is your last?

Love and blessings

Brehane-meskel Araya