Sony’s Thoughts: To Live Like You Were Dying … or Living

Much emphasis tends to be put on the importance of living as if today were your last or I think of the country song, “Live Like You Were Dying.” I wonder if that’s the best approach or if we should live as if we have something to live for. I get the point where, if you knew it was your last day to live, you’d slow down, take more time with your family, etc. That’s important but I hope you’d do that even if you knew you had 20 years yet to live. The fact is, we don’t know how much time God will give us or our loved ones on this earth but, regardless of if I have 1 day or 20 years, I want my life to count. I want to impact people’s lives. I want to leave a mark that my death won’t erase. I want to fight the good fight and keep the faith. And I want that peace, joy and contentment that God desires for His children. I want to fully live until I take my last breath.

Sure, there may come a time when my body begins to shut down and I realize I’m dying but I hope I don’t stop living at that moment. I hope I don’t need to make a major shift to begin to put Christ first at that point. I want to live now in a way that pleases my Savior and then, when I’m dying, I won’t have to change a thing. So, is that living like I’m dying … or living? After all, as the Spencers sang, “Christians never die; they only say goodbye.”




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  1. Sony, your post reminds me of I Cor. 9:24-25. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize ? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but WE do it to get a crown that will last forever.

    • Amen. Great verses to focus on.

  2. “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”

    I think that sort of sentiment is more like the passage in Paul where he describes people with no hope: “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” But we are not as those who have no hope.

    • Amen. Maybe that’s the difference. We have a reason to live and we know that, even after our bodies die, we’ll go on living. It gives us a reason to live differently, doesn’t it.

  3. I love that song and know Tim Nichols (the writer) personally. He’s a great guy and Christian. It’s pretty simple. View every day as if it was your last. We are going to live forever, but we only have one life to live on this earth, so make it count.

    In answer to your question, “So, is that living like I’m dying… or living?” you’re living like you’re dying. You already answered it yourself when you said that you want to live that way (like you were dying) every day. So, when you are dying you don’t have to start living like you’re dying, because you already have been.

    • Could this also be what Paul meant when he said, “I die daily”? What better way to live than by laying down our lives for others.