Repent One Day Before You Die

Rabbi Eliezer said in the Mishnah said, “Repent one day before you die.” We always think we have tomorrow to worry about eternal things, to ask forgiveness from someone, to fix a wrong we committed, and so on. Oh, to forget that one day in your life will not have a tomorrow.

Esau didn’t think too much on the eternal results of temporal choices. In Genesis 25:32 he says, “I’m about to die, so what good is a birthright to me?” He’s not dying, he’s hungry. But how often do we choose to take the hyperboles of life as literal? How often do we too fall prey to the necessity of the urgent and forsake our future? Oh, eternal things can wait, this temporal matter is more pressing.

Oh friend, let us not waste away our eternity for lousy bowls of soup. The choices we make today will great determine our eternity, the attitudes we cop here will echo forever. Repent, and be mindful, lest tomorrow is the beginning of eternity where we cannot fix up yesterday’s issues.

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