In the back of our minds we wonder just when it is. Most of us believe it is out there somewhere around the age of 85 or so, especially if the family genes have produced a few octogenarians. 2010 life expectancy charts for Social Security claim the average person will reach 80.94 years.
Some learn that the date is sooner than we had hoped perhaps through medical diagnosis like me. Do we live our lives any differently after we get this inside information?
I believe God is in control of most expiration dates. Unless, of course free will (a stupid decision) causes us to have an accident or we attempt to take control away from God purposely.
The Bible teaches us the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20″ 2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21 the rules that we should live by to please God. And then He asks us to love one another. “Love one another as I have loved you.”
It seems so simple this code of conduct. Yet, we all fall short on pretty much a daily basis.
If we have said the sinner’s prayer…..we are promised eternal life with Him in heaven. Does it matter what our expiration date is?
“In my Fathers house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” Psalm 26:3
While heaven on earth is not possible, the world would be a much better place if we lived our lives assuming our expiration date was sooner rather than later.
Our Christian faith tells us heaven is real. Maybe we really have NO expiration date. I am banking on no expiration date and an eternity with my heavenly Father. This cancer may take me from this world, but it can’t destroy my faith in a God who loves me and shows me this love at every second of every day…. but only if I look.