In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: Set your house in order, for you shall die.”
Have you heard that country song, “Live Like You Were Dyin’”? I don’t often find great wisdom from country music, but the question the song asks is insightful. Essentially, an older man relays the way news of his impending death incentivized him to love deeper and talk sweeter and give forgiveness he’d been denying. I wonder if that’s how Hezekiah feels in this devastating moment. I wonder if similar thoughts are swimming through his mind as his final hour approaches. Now friend, I hope you don’t receive this sort of news any time soon, but what would you do if you did? What would you immediately get in order? What relationships would you mend? What phone-calls would you make? What debts would you pay? What junk would you throw away? What letters would you write?
I encourage you: don’t make “live like you were dyin’” just another line in a song. Make it your line in the sand. Make the most of every moment today, because you never know how many you’ve got left.