This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link-up where we write what’s on our heart for five minutes flat, unedited (hmmm…). The writing prompt this week is MIDDLE. This week is a combo for me because I missed last week’s prompt, DISTANT. Here goes…

Ps 39:4 (NIV) “Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.

In the not so distant past (about 20 years ago) I sat with my five-year-old son on my lap in front of the glowing television screen listening to Billy Graham sharing a godly message that when straight to my heart. I can’t remember ever not knowing who Jesus was, but I didn’t know who Jesus is until that night.

When Mr. Graham gave the invitation, it was like I was in that stadium walking down the steps towards the altar and a changed life. That night, sitting with my five-year-old son on my lap in front of the glowing television screen I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. That glow moved from the screen to my heart and has continued growing ever since, but my hands and feet haven’t really kept pace.

Now, in the middle of life (maybe even a bit farther…) and closing in on a new season, I’ve learned that life is fleeting (Ps 39:4). I can’t afford to get stuck here wasting time wondering about what’s next. If I’m still here then there must be something for me to do (Jer 29:11), but what? To find out, I started actively seeking God’s purpose for my life for His kingdom. I first sought godly counsel, then read The Purpose-Driven Life (Zondervan, Warren, 2012) and now I’m studying about spiritual gifts, what mine are and where they can be put to good use.

If you’re still here there’s something for you to do, too. Get curious about it. Start your own investigation.

In the not-so-distant future, I’ll be standing in front of my Lord in heaven or, just like the Mercy Me song, “on my knees will I fall”. Just the thought of it is truly amazing. Regardless of my posture, what I want to hear is “Well done, my good and faithful servant” (Matt 2:21).

Will I hear that? Will you?

Aren’t we commanded to go out into the world to share the good news (Matt 28:16-20)? We may trip sometimes, but let’s start walking. Time doesn’t wait while we’re deciding what to do. O Lord, let me know my end and how many days I have to live. Let me know that I do not have long to stay here. (Ps. 39:4, NLV)

We all have only so many days, what are you doing with yours? The Clock is Ticking…


Photo credits: Stadium picture by Russ Busby (snapped from my copy of the Time-Life book Billy Graham God’s Ambassador, 1999, p. 147); Clock -Yaniv Knobel, Upslash; Sunset – Victor Freitas on

Mercy Me: I Can Only Imagine, The Worship Project, 1999

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