How many times have you heard, "Oh but you're young - you have your whole life ahead of you."
When you're young, it's very easy to take life for granted. You wake up, go to school or work, hang out your friends, spend time with your family, spend hours on Instagram or watching Netflix, and go about your typical day again and again. At 13, 15 or even 18 you might figure that you'll live to be at least 70 or 80 - but really that's no guarantee.
Last month, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old - both high school students in Texas - were killed in a fiery car accident. About two weeks ago, a family friend's son died from cancer. Just last week, a 2-year-old girl was found dead in rural Pennsylvania.
People die every day - young and old. The truth is: Yes we do have our whole lives ahead of us, but none of us actually know how long that is. That's a reality not meant to be scary but meant to make you think - what am I actually doing with my time?
Ephesians 5:15-16 says "Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."
I love the part where it urges us to make the most of every opportunity. Each day, each breath really is a blessing. The thing about time is - it's so precious and once it's used up, we won't get it back. So why waste it? Let's instead cherish our time and remember to live each moment keeping God first.