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What Do You Take For Granted?

We take so many things in life for granted. When we board an airplane we just assume that it will get us to our destination safely and on time. The oxygen we breathe and the gravity that keeps us from floating off into space are things we rarely think about. We never question the fact that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. We just take it for granted.

Life on the other hand, it can never be taken for granted. We so often walk out our days as if we expect to live forever. We put off until tomorrow what might really need to be done today. Life is precious and it is a sacred gift from God. He knew us before we were born (Jer 1:5), He knit us together in our mother’s womb (Ps 139:13), and He made us in His image (Gen 1:27).

Life is also fleeting. In the blink of an eye, each of our lives can end. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. That reality became ever so painful for us just six weeks ago. On a Sunday morning not unlike most others we began our normal routine. We took it for granted that that day would be “just another day.” In the snap of a finger all that changed. We received the phone call that nobody ever wants to get – one of our mothers had been killed in a car accident. Just like that. No warning. We just took it for granted that we would call her in as few days, just as we had done every week. We just took it for granted that she live long enough to be able to attend her granddaughter’s wedding later this year. We took so much for granted.

We did not choose the day we were born and for the most part, we cannot choose when our life will end either. God has numbered our days. We read these words in Job 14:5 – “A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”

He knows the span of our life even before we are born – “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book of life.” Ps 139:16

So, while it is okay to take for granted the air worthiness of an airplane or that the sun will set tonight in the west, never take life, the gift of living today, for granted.

You need to love every day like it is the first and live it like it is the last. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do, or maybe even need to, today, because tomorrow might never come!

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina


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