I thought we had until December of 2012, but apparently the date for the end of the world has been moved up.
According to a small Christian movement led by Harold Camping of Family Radio, tomorrow is Judgment Day. Using two passages from the Bible and a calculator, Camping has come to the conclusion that Christ will return sometime on Saturday afternoon. To be clear, I believe the Bible says that no man can know the day or hour of Christ’s return, and Camping has been wrong before (back on September 6, 1994). But the news stories and billboards and newspaper ads and guys standing on the corner with signs got me thinking about my last day.
Regardless of religious beliefs, we all have a last day, and none of us knows which day it will be. I’m not trying to be morbid or depressing; I’m just stating a fact. And as I thought about Camping’s claim, I thought about all the things I hope to do, but haven’t. I thought about all of my dreams, all within my reach if I’m willing to focus and work at toward them, but haven’t.
We are all on this earth for a reason, for a specific purpose. Have I fulfilled mine? We are all at this point in the timeline with a job to do. Have I done mine?
I believe I am a writer. I have incredible people around me who believe I am a writer. I have the ability, I can make the time, and I have access to a treasure trove of resources to be successful. So what am I waiting for?
It’s something I’ve been pondering ever since Lisa wrote about wanting something badly enough. Do I want it? Do I want it badly enough to stop making excuses and get it done? Or am I a wanna-be?
Remember the parable about the guy who gave talents (money, equal to about 20 years of a laborer’s wage!) to his three servants? Two of the servants put theirs to work and doubled them. The third buried his in his back yard. When the master came back, he saw what the first two had done and said, “Well done good and faithful servant!” When he saw that the third guy had buried and basically wasted his talent, he was a little irked and took the servant’s talent away. I don’t know about you, but I want to double my talent, not lose it! But that means putting to work the talent I’ve already been given.
Do I think tomorrow will bring the end of the world as we know it? Nah. But I think I need to live as though every day is my last day. I need to work as though my master is coming back tomorrow to see what I’ve done with my talent.
Your turn: Do you have a talent you need to go dig up and put to work? What would you do differently if you knew the exact date of your last day?
~Heidi Larson Geis