“Hey! Whacha doing?”
“Packing. I’m getting ready to go.”
“Oh ya. I heard about that. Someone said you’re leaving for Bejing this afternoon. You got chosen to cover the Olympics?”
“No. I’m not packing for that. I’m going to the movies. I’ve got a couple bars to sneak in and I’ve got this jacket which is just the right size and weight to smuggle in the popcorn that I made this morning. They never catch me bringing in my own stuff.”
“But where’s your suitcases, and your passport? I thought you were to catch the plane at 2:00pm? That’s in less than half and hour.”
“Oh, I’ve got lots of time to prepare for that. This movie is way more important. Besides there no guarantee that the Olympics are even going to happen.”
“Well, dude, your boss is sending you there to cover the event. There’s no doubt that you’re going. Shouldn’t you be preparing for that instead of going to a movie?”
“Mmm, nope. I don’t think so. People who are always thinking about and planning for what might happen in the future are the ones who do the worst job of enjoying today.”
“But dude . . .”
“Look! Now you’re starting to irritate me. I’ll live my life the way that I want to live my life. I’m not going to spend every day focussed on something that might not even happen.”
“But it’s GOING to happen. You’ve got a ticket. Your plane is leaving whether you’re ready or not.”
“You know what? You’re starting to sound like some kind of a fundamentalist. I’m out of here. Kung Fu Panda here I come.”
Stupid right? Who’d be so short sighted? Well, nearly everyone, that’s who. Every single one of us is headed into eternity whether we’re prepared or not. This is a certainty. And yet, most people give tomorrow as little thought as the person in the above example. Their focus is on this moment of today instead of the most important part of their journey, their eternal tomorrow.
Rather than just taking advice from the goof next door, you need to give this some serious thought. If you should die today, where will you spend your eternal tomorrow, and what evidence do you have for supporting your answer?