WORDS to die by…..

Many of us might feel  it’s morbid to be focusing upon death…..Certainly, if we are middle age or younger. All would say that there is no need to create more anxiety than the world already provides us.

And, they would have a great point. There is way to much to do about today’s issues, than to be led astray by speculation.

A plaque on a number of walls written by “Anonymous” suggests: “God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can, and.. The Wisdom to know the difference.”

The key words would be; Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom.

What then does the same God say about those attributes?

“Trust in the Lord and do not lean on our own understanding”

“Do not fear, I am your God. I will strengthen and help you”

And, finally: “So teach us to number our days that we may gain the heart of Wisdom.”

These three precepts have a common denominator: they do not originate from within us.

On occasion, I suspect that we all have decided just to open the Bible randomly, hoping God would reveal an answer to a specific concern. I just did that as a test. What emerged was Hebrews 22: “Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of Witnesses, let us lay aside every regret and sin which clings to us so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is before us'”

What often comes in our “last days” reflections is a “shoulda/coulda” syndrome. that poses a threat to our ability to understand our purpose in life. Focusing on those supposed shortcomings hampers our ability to move in the direction of God’s plan.

It may seem that, in the context of God’s commission, we may all well die and lose responsibility for many things in life. But, none of us know the distance we will cover, or when the finish line will appear.


God’s very clear plan for our life’s review, is that we measure the events of our lives  in recognition that there has always been “A cloud of Witnesses” that surround us…past and future. They do not judge us… they are representatives of God, who try to impact our lives for the better,

And those who have passed; Will they be looking at us as” partners in the race”? We are the ones having the luxury of more time to finish with honor and respect for God’s intentions.

It is not that we might have more time to do His will….. but that we will live to do his will more times.




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I am a retired great grandfather, father of four; a writer (long time blogger) and visual artist. And, most importantly,a believer in the power of God to change lives..

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