It’s gonna die.

About a year ago, our refrigerator began making some loud clunking sounds. After a bit of Googling, I found out that it is most likely caused by a broken spring in the compressor. The compressor still works, and may for several years. But, it may stop working tomorrow. At some point, we need to replace the refrigerator (as repairing the compressor isn’t economically feasible).

I’m writing about this because the clunk got much louder today. Perhaps another spring in the compressor broke. So, what am I doing about it? I know this seems silly, but I seem to be waiting until the refrigerator dies. I can picture myself rushing out someday and getting a new one, possibly losing all the food in the refrigerator in the process. As I write this, I’m questioning my wisdom with this plan.

Sadly, this is how many live life. Everyone knows that they will die someday. But, most people don’t really plan for their death, thinking that they will have many years yet to live. It may be that they will find themselves at the precipice of death tomorrow, totally unprepared for the reality of facing God and giving account for their lives.

James says, “you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). Wisdom would have us think about our death and prepare for it by trusting in Christ today.

Perhaps we’ll get a new refrigerator soon.

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