Earlier this week, 149 people boarded a Germanwings Airbus headed from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, Germany. None of them, including the pilot and flight crew, had any idea that it would be their final flight–their last trip anywhere. The co-pilot locked himself in the cockpit and intentionally steered the plane into the French Alps killing everyone on board, including himself. A horrific tragedy, yet one that leaves us with some sobering thoughts.
How many “last times” have you had in your life? How many more will you have?
Some “last times” celebrate victories, like–
- The last diaper change because your son’s finally potty trained.
- The last cap and gown you purchase because all your kids graduated.
- The last college exam because you earned your degree.
Other “last times” are a little emotional–
- The last time your son sleeps in his bedroom down the hall because he’s getting married tomorrow.
- The last time your father drives a car because you had to take his keys away.
- The last time you kiss your mother goodbye.
Little did the families of the Germanwings passengers know when they dropped their loved ones off at the Barcelona airport that it would be the last time. And, the families waiting in Dusseldorf for their return didn’t have a “last time” to welcome them home.
Wouldn’t the world be a softer, kinder place if we lived every day as if it was our last? The Psalmist said, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). We’re not guaranteed tomorrow, but here we are, alive today–one more day to walk in wisdom.
Whatever you do today, it may be the last time. Do what you can to make it last.