Expecting the Shortest Day

Elvis Presley had one. So did Michael Jackson. Mother Teresa had one. And so did Queen Jezebel. George Washington had one. So did Adolf Hitler. Billy Graham had one. And so did Billy the Kid. Even Jesus of Nazareth had one.

Yes, if you live on this earth until your body dies, you will have one also. What? The shortest day of your life.

A normal day gives us 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 84,600 seconds. But as believers we know that there is coming a day when “the body is put back into the same ground it came from” (Ecclesiastes 12:7, The Message). That will be our shortest day.

As one committed to living the giving life, it may be useful to ponder that shortest day from both practical and planning perspectives.

As a practical matter, will we want the moments of that day spent in anger, fear, or frustration? Or would we rather choose moments spent in peace, hope, and love?

From a planning perspective, being ready for our shortest day means making decisions ahead of time for the people and property entrusted to us by God. These decisions are typically referred to as an estate plan and every adult Christian can benefit from a good plan based upon Biblical principles.

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In addition, if you would like to have a personal conversation with an experienced estate planner, we can connect you with one of our friends at CDF Capital Foundation. They can help you move forward in this vital area of Christian stewardship.

One last thought—in Psalm 139, we read, “In Your book were written All the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them” (Psalm 139: 16, NASB). God—the Creator of the Universe—cares enough about us to know all of our days, even the shortest one. May we rest in that thought while living each day with anticipation.

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