Friday, May 20, 2011

My Thoughts on the coming rapture...

OK, I am not a theologian, so I am not going to even worry about whether or not there is such thing as a rapture. I am not going to worry about whether or not that rapture is going to take place tomorrow. I honestly just can't think about all of that.But I saw a question on Facebook that we should all ask ourselves every day.

It doesn't matter what your religious beliefs are. Does not matter whether you have any religious beliefs. This question should concern each and every one of us, every sunrise or sunset of our lives.So here it is...

If you knew today was the last day of your life what would you do? How would you spend the last day of your life?

Recently I have been doing lots of paperwork as I apply for disability benefits. One of things I have  to do is describe what I do from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed. Wow, that is an open ended, intrusive, scary, really difficult question for me to answer. Think about it for a minute. Describe what you do from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed.My first thought was, I am not sure I want to think about it.Do I want some bureaucrat who is deciding whether I receive disability benefits or go to live in a shelter to know how I spend every moment of the day. MORE importantly...  Do I really want to know how I spend every moment of my day?

There are so many things for me to decide as I attempt to answer this question. First, what do I consider as the time I wake up and the time I go to bed. I have,among other issues, a chronic pain disorder, I do not go to bed and sleep for 8 hours. I sleep 30 minutes to 2 hours at a time, depending on my pain levels, my bladder needs, etc. When I wake up it takes me a while to get back to sleep. Am I sleeping in my bed, or my recliner, at the time? I switch from one to the other trying to get comfortable. If I am in the recliner I have a couple of pillows that I need to position, if I am in the bed I have 10-12 pillows that I use to position my body.SO, when do I get up in the morning? When do I go to bed? Already I have a problem with attempting to answer this question. Can you see why I received a cranky phone call wondering why I haven't returned to forms yet.

The issue of how I spend my day has been on my mind recently, so when I see the question on Facebook about how I might spend the day if I knew it was the last day of my life I have a frame of reference. But, as a person of faiht, I should have a frame of reference for this questioin anyway. My religious beliefs lead me to think I should be spending every day as if it were the only day I have left, and really isn't that true for all of us, no matter our beliefs?

I can state without any reservations that life can end in the blink of an eye. I know that you can be driving home from work and be killed by a drunk driver. I know from the experience of friends and relatives that life is a tenuous thing any and every day that we live it. So to me the answer to the question is that I must live every day of my life as if it were my last. I must choose to live even the most boring, mundane day as if it were all I have because it is.

So my plans for today are quite simple. I will spend time in prayer. I recently read prayer described as an act of service done for the sake of the world. When I read that it make me think about the way I choose to spend my prayer time (but I think that is the subject for a post of its own).I will spend time watching Nascar with my son. I will do a couple of loads of laundry. I will check facebook and the Weight Watcher's message boards to stay in touch with friends and family and read about causes and things of interest to me.I will work on a blog post or two. I will have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and several snacks.I will read the newspaper. I will attempt to finish the paperwork for that the disability determination specialists need. I will choose to attempt to do all of these things with a positive attitude. I will work on some issues with my Creator. Pretty much a routine day for me.

I know that every day could be my last. I hope that I am able to have another day tomorrow, but I have no way of knowing that I will. I make my choices knowing that every step I take is a step away from where I used to be, and I hope those steps are the right steps. Perhaps this is my last blog post, so I want to say thank you to those who choose to spend a few minutes of the last day of their lives reading what I am thinking about. I am humbled that you would choose to use that time reading something I write.

Oh dear, Mt. Laundry calls. Have a blessed day!

1 comment:

Roy Durham said...

today is the rest of your life god is with you. when you finish those paper would you fill out mind. that darn thing is pure toucher. thank you and god bless

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