Live For Today and Pray For Tomorrow

live for today and pray for tomorrow
live for today and pray for tomorrow
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Daily Blog #348

Have you ever wondered what will happen to all of your money and belongings if you die? Like unexpectedly die? With no will set up, no beneficiaries listen, no nothing. It was just you, your money, and your belongings.

It might seem strange to think about, but this is exactly what I found myself thinking last night. The more that I thought about it, the more curious I became. What would happen to all of my money if I died alone with no will set and no family to pass it on to?

Money has always been something that I have struggled with. It’s not that I spend all of my money as soon as I earn it, but rather that I save every bit of it… excessively. Every paycheck that I earn is calculated and distributed to a specific bill with the remaining amount going into savings. And it’s not that I dislike spending money, I just don’t like spending my own…

So why am I talking about the money that I make and how I spend it? Because very few people will. Very few people will tell you how much they make, and very few people will openly admit that they could probably pay cash for a brand new car but still struggle mentally to buy a $6 bottle of dressing at the grocery store. But I am also not most people.

I was walking through the aisles yesterday and came across a dressing that I remember trying and really liking. I picked it up, put it in my basket, and then I saw the price tag. After realizing that I was about to spend $6 on a bottle of dressing, I immediately reached back into the basket and put it right back on the shelf where I found it.

As I was checking out, though, all I could think about was how badly I wanted that dressing and how good it would taste. But despite wanting it, I just couldn’t justify spending $6 on dressing. Now, I realize that some people are willing to spend that amount on a bottle of water, but again, I am not most people.

When I left the store, I couldn’t help but wonder about how many others wants and desire I have missed out on because of my frugal lifestyle. How many memories, how many experiences, and how many wants were missing from my life for the sake of saving a few dollars? And what was the purpose behind all of this?

The thing is when I die, none of the things that I own will come with me to my grave. All of my belongings, the month, everything that I physically owned will be left behind – except for the experiences and the memories that I created.

See, I have been so caught up with saving all of my money in hopes to live a healthier lifestyle in the future (mind you a future that is all but certain), to the point where I have completely disregarded today for the true blessing that it is.

But like I had said earlier, what if I die tomorrow? Would saving my money even contribute to a better future, or would it just make me even live more frugally than I already do live? Would it be worth it having passed up on all of the memories that I have passed on just to save a few dollars here and there? Absolutely not.

Now I am not encouraging anyone to go out and blow all of their hard earned money just for the sake of doing so, but I am encouraging everyone to live for today and pray for tomorrow. Live for today knowing that it could very well be your last day, because in all reality, it could very well be.

Today, guess what I did? I went back to the store and I bought the dressing. Not because I needed it, but because I wanted it. I work hard for my money, and more importantly, I deserve to enjoy the simple things in life.

If you want something as small as a $6 bottle of dressing or something as big as a dream vacation to the islands of Hawaii, then why not treat yourself to it? Why not allow yourself to do the things that you want to do with your one life to live? Because it is just that, your one life to live.

Michael Bonnell

4/13/2019

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