It is good to set goals as we head into a new year but what if you only have 24-hours left to live?
If you were to take a guess at the most common New Year's Resolutions, what would they be?
Many people set goals to spend more time with family, fall in love, help others, quit smoking or lose weight. Yet perhaps for those serving out a prison sentence, your life at the moment just feels like one long year until your release date.
Either way, a new year marks a fresh beginning and an opportunity to improve our quality of life whether in prison or out.
The problem is, we assume we have another year or so ahead to achieve our goals.
What would your resolutions look like if you knew you only had 6 months or just 24 hours left to live? Would they be the same?
I think life would look very different if we knew exactly how many days we had left.
Suddenly things like earning more money and getting a good job could seem much less important than spending time with loved ones and searching for answers to what lies ahead after death.
After all, death is inevitable. Yet, is it the end of it all? It sounds a bit morbid but how often have you asked yourself this question?
If there is nothing after this life we neither lose nor gain anything...but what if there is? Are you confident with your answer?
Jesus put it this way, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News (of Jesus Christ), you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?" (Mark 8:34-37).
Make it your goal to find the answers to the big questions about life and death. You might have a year. You might only have today.