It is the same for all. There is one fate for the righteous and for the wicked.
—Ecclesiastes 9:2

If you want to live without any regrets, there are a few principles you not only have to believe but you have to grasp with all of your heart. 

The first principle is the certainty of death. You know, there are really only two kinds of people in the world: those who are dead and those who are going to be dead. Have you come to grips with the fact that you are going to die? One wise philosopher put it this way: “Life is like a roll of toilet paper—the closer you get to the end, the more quickly it goes.” The psalmist put it a little more eloquently in Psalm 90:12: “Teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” The fact is, every second that passes moves you closer to that inevitable day of your departure from this world.

Now, many of us have trouble accepting the fact that we are going to die. We may accept it intellectually, but we have a hard time believing that it is going to happen to us. After all, why do I get up every morning and spend thirty minutes on the NordicTrack instead of sleeping? Why do I gag down a bowl of bran flakes instead of the McDonald’s sausage biscuit I crave? The reason is that I am trying to put off what is inevitable. The fact is, no matter what you and I do, we are going to die. Have you come to that realization? I want you to say right now, “I am going to die.” No matter what we do, eventually our lives on earth will come to an end.

In Psalm 90, Moses said God turns people back to dust. He sweeps people away like grass that springs up in the morning, but by evening it is dry and withered. Seventy years are given to us, some may even reach eighty, but soon we are gone.

Solomon said it this way in Ecclesiastes 9:2–3, “It is the same for all. There is one fate for the righteous and for the wicked; for the good, for the clean and for the unclean; for the man who offers a sacrifice and for the one who does not sacrifice. . . . There is one fate for all men.” Now, don’t misunderstand—there is not one eternal destination for all people. Some go to heaven and some go to hell. But Solomon is saying we all suffer the same fate in that we are all going to die.

If you are going to live without any regrets, you have to grasp that your final hour is coming. You are going to die.

Today’s devotion is an excerpt from “Living without Regrets” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2009.