Back in the 1950s and 60s, there was a lot of talk about the future. There seemed to be a utopian dream here in America in which we thought things in the future would be better and that technology would solve our problems.
Well, we have lived long enough to know that this is not going to happen. Technology won't save us. No manmade solution will deliver the answers we are looking for.
As Christians, we are here on this earth with a task to fulfill and a job to do. So how should we be living in light of that fact? What all of us should desire to be doing is to live our lives well.
If you had one year left to live, how would you live? Would you live your life any differently than you did the year before? This is something we have to come to grips with as believers, because we want to deal with reality. We want to face the facts of the brevity of life on Earth and the reality of life in the future. It isn't morbid to think about death; it is realistic. It is the Christian who understands the brevity of life and the reality of eternity.
The tragic thing is that many today are living shallow, wasted lives. Daniel said to King Belshazzar, "You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting" (Daniel 5:27). On God's scale, Belshazzar was a lightweight. And like Belshazzar, there are a lot of people today who simply waste their lives.
Even more tragic than a life that is not lived as long as we would like to see it lived is a life that is largely squandered and wasted. So don't waste your life. Don't waste your year. Don't waste today. Make every day count.