I like statistics. And I also like being alive. (And I also like run on sentences and sentence fragments… but you probably already gathered that.) I was sort of thinking about all of those things the other day and here’s some thoughts I had:
- Statistically speaking, I’m never going to die. Let’s think about this. Statistically speaking, I’ve got a pretty good shot at living forever. Like physically living. I mean, I’ve been alive for exactly 9,729 days (I did the math) and I’ve never died. Not even once. So if you look at the numbers I’m 9,729 for 9,729 days not dying. If I’m placing a bet, I’m betting on me not dying tomorrow. (I’m super awesome at not dying.)
- That’s a great statistic until it’s not. (duh. right?) I guess statistically speaking, everyone dies some time. I can’t think of one person born before 1890 that didn’t die. (I guess people born in in the 1880’s suck like that). But again, if we’re talking statistics, I’ll maintain that 100% not dying mark. In heaven some day, my ratio will be something like 1,112,231 days I didn’t die to 1,112,232 total days. Which comes out to 99.9999% days I didn’t die. And I’m going to round that to 100%… no one will know (Shh, don’t tell them). So, seriously… I’m telling you… I’m amazing at not dying.
- Your stats will probably look the exactly like mine one day. I think congratulations to you are in order. That’s a big accomplishment! I can tell you’ve worked hard on that. (you haven’t)
- It’s possible to be really bad a not dying. Non-believer’s lifetime stats for days alive to total days in existence will at some point look like – 19,590/4,146,148,954 which comes out to 0.00047% days they didn’t die. You could round that off at 0.000% days not dead. Statistically, the non-believer never lived. (it’s worse than that actually, but we’ll leave it at never living for now)
- You can apply the same math in numbers one through four to your work. Here’s some truth: If your work is done in obedience and faithfulness to God, it is important to him. Your work, and the tasks that comprise your work, echo throughout eternity. Take an email for example: if you send an email today that is thoughtful and kind, constructive, uses your specific talents and capabilities to serve a need or fill a role, and honors God… if you do that, your email’s stats on the ratio “days task was important” to “all the days in the entire span of time” will eventually hit 100%. That’s your email that just hit 100% significance. We’re talking email. Email.
- The opposite is also true. I don’t care what you accomplish. I don’t care how much impact it has right now. I don’t care how much it may matter to people at your office, or city, or the whole world. If it doesn’t honor God, it’s ultimately going to be worth nothing. (You can do the math on that one if you want, but I promise the numbers work.)
- Whatever you do today, make sure it’s worth it. Maybe it’s talking about Jesus to a non-believer you know so that they can get really good at not dying too (because currently, they really suck at it). Maybe it’s thoughtfully and carefully doing your job. Maybe it’s being patient. Maybe it’s a million other things. Whatever it is though, make sure you’re doing something that is going to matter for more than 0.00000000000001% of time.