Monthly Archives: January 2011

Last Days – Secular Investigations


You’ve got 24 hours until you die. Here’s your wallet and your cellphone. Go on, get out of here!

It all started with Tim McGraw’s 2004 hit, “Live Like You Were Dying”. Radio listeners were confronted with the unspoken idea of “what if today was your last day on Earth?” We’ve all probably thought it, whether in fear or curiosity or sincere consideration. We may have thought it, but it was secular musicians who lay it out on a tray for listeners to pick out on their own. Since then, the trend has continued to develop – Nickleback wondered about if today was their last day and Kris Allen discovered in 2009 that we gotta live like we’re dying. They are songs that are hard to put out of your head, partially because of their tune and because of their crystal clear and very moral message.

As a Christian, I’m often thinking about my last days or the last days of the world… but for the person of non-religious affiliation, this idea of Heaven and the return of Christ is a non-issue. We humans live for the future – make life goals, fill in your planner, keep track of those important dates. Very few of us are required to think about this being the end. We don’t want to think about the last day of our lives because we are either afraid of death or hoping to evade it. We can either do whatever we can to extend the life of our beaten-up fleshy shells or we can surrender and understand that all good things must come to and end. It’s what we do with the time we’re given. Even if you’re not coming from the perspective of Christ, how are you choosing to live your years? Do the people in your life know how much you love them? Have you done anything of note?

The subject wouldn’t come up if people weren’t searching. There’s something more to this petty life – so how are you living?

Just a short snippet of a longer thought to kick off 2011. Happy New Year, everyone, and much more to come! 🙂