Live like you are going to die tomorrow. Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you may die. A lot of people are living their lives based on these kinds of philosophies. The idea is that you should live life to the fullest and enjoy it to the best of your abilities.
You would think that having a near death experience would confirm these beliefs. However, that is the opposite of what actually happens. After I was told I might not make it through surgery, I woke up the next day and thought about all the things I had done in my life. Many pleasant memories came to mind. The smiling faces of friends and family, running around playfully as a child, bonfires and smores. Then, fear suddenly hit me. I had also done many terrible things, a lot of them the results of "living life to the fullest." I had abandoned friends, used women, and left giant wakes of destruction in my drunken stupors. "What was I doing?" I thought to myself.
Hardship will almost always strike quickly and unexpectedly. Are you prepared? The biggest realization I had was when I remembered how I had rejected God, and considered myself an Atheist. I can tell you, it is absolutely terrifying to realize your life could have ended while you were separated from God. All it takes is a second, and poof, it's time to meet your Maker. All the fun things I did seemed absolutely irrelevant when facing death. What could I possibly say to God after vehemently denying Him?
Yolo'ing through life is a dangerous approach to living. You do only get one shot, but is using it to pursue your own passions the best idea? I'm warning you now, that if you wait to turn to God, death will show up like a thief in the night, and then it will be too late. Not everyone is going to get the second chance I got. If you think you're going to suddenly accept God on your deathbed, you are walking a tightrope made out of dental floss.
We live in an extremely volatile world right now. Our environment is unpredictable, our political system is corrupt, and random acts of violence are occurring at an exponentially increasing rate. How sure are you that you are going to be able to keep living a carefree life? How long will it last? Take my advice. If I was going to die tomorrow, I would want to make sure I was in good standing with my Maker. Jesus Christ is the only one that can forgive you when it's time to be judged. Ask Him to be a part of your life. He will help you in your time of need.
William Joseph Scheremet