We Only Have One Life to Live…Make it Count

A couple of weeks ago there was a post about how life is a walking shadow highlighting the brevity of life. Some people live for only a short time, while others live to a ripe old age. All in all though, compared to eternity, our time here is very short and we only get to do it once. I was reminded of this fact this morning when I went to the gym to learn that a man had died of a heart attack while swimming. A friend of mine was there at the time, and helped pull the man out of the pool, but it was too late. The man was 85 years old, and seemingly lived a full life, God bless him.

“We only have one life to live.” – Anonymous

Whether we live for only a few years, or to be 100, the time we have is still relatively short. We only have one life to live, so let’s be sure we make it count. We can find this idea in the Bible in the books of James and Ephesians.

“For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away [life is short].” – James 4:14 NKJV

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity [make it count], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV

Life is short, and we only have one life to live, so let’s make it count.


We Only Have One Life to Live…Make it Count — 3 Comments

  1. Jack Dawson in Cameron’s Titanic writes a note to Rose that says, “Make every day count.” This world view of life being short exists outside of any faith-based thinking, to be sure, and in that context it seems to imply that we should not restrict ourselves from any worldly pleasure, (hence their torrid affair gaining acceptance and even being cheered by the 1997 general audience.) The message of the scriptures is in order to make our lives “count,” we’re to give them over to Jesus and align our thinking with His will. When that happens, even the dullest of days have meaning. When we live in HIM, and HE in us, the days of our lives, even the lowest of stations, “count.”

    Of course, I remember TV commercials from the 50s that stated, “If I’ve only one life, let me live it…” (can you finish the headline?)

  2. Thanks Ken, didn’t know it was a movie quote too. Good insight on the spriritual aspect of making your life count.

  3. Finally,I agree that there is just only one life because life does not have a duplicate,a lot of people have all died whether they are in Heaven or in Hell Fire,so Death is Inevitable.The Only Way To Avoid Death is Eternal Life.See You Soon.

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