Live like He will come back today (part 1)

"Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
- Matthew 24:42-44

For me there is a bit of a dilemma regarding the return of Christ. I know that we're told to be to ready for His return. I want to be ready but I also feel like He told them it would be soon and its been 2000 years, how can I live like it will be soon if it might be a few more thousands of years? But I know it could also be tomorrow, in my heart I just don't really believe it though.

I imagine this is like the master of the house going 2000 years without a break-in and then becoming complacent about his home security. That's what I've done.

The other thing is I feel if I get all caught up in the second coming then I'm being like a dispensationalist. They always seem really caught up in the Lord returning and with Israel being a nation now they think it really could be within the next 5-20 years. While I disagree with the theology, they may find it easier to live expecting the Lord to return because according to their thinking it must be immanent.

How do we live like the Lord will return any time when we're told to, but it just doesn't stinkin' feel like He will while we're still alive?