Remember the End of Your Life
“In all you do, remember the end of your life, and then you will never sin.”
I have been reading Sirach, lately. There is great wisdom in this deuterocanonical book!
The passage above reflects a personal life philosophy I’ve held for decades — to wit, that one should live his life with the end of his days firmly fixed in his mind each day.
“In all you do, remember the end of your life,” because if you are conscious of your death, and the judgment of Eternity that lies on the other side of it, you will act intentionally and deliberately to preserve your soul, “and then you will never sin.”
If you’ve fallen into sin, you should reflect on your own mortality. Ask yourself whether what you are doing, now, is something you will regret at the end of your life.
Who are you hurting? Are you acting selfishly or out of love for God and others? Are you forgiving others as God has forgiven you, or are you acting out of bitterness, holding grudges, and being spiteful? Are you turning the other cheek? Are you living a life that reflects God’s mercy and compassion?
At the end of your life, will God approve of what you’re doing, today, or will your actions cause Him grief and sorrow, because they violate His will and commandments?
Each day, consider the end of your life; and choose virtue. Choose God’s will for your life, not simply what you desire.
This will be difficult, and may even seem impossible, but remember the rich young ruler in Matthew 19. If we are unwilling to sacrifice what is most precious to us for the love of God, which is keeping His commandments (John 14:21), then we do not really love God, and will have no place with Him in Eternity.
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