Like you, I’ve buried people I didn’t expect to. COVID casualties. Old age. Freak accidents. Cancer. Heart attack. Suicide …
One loss in particular caught me off guard. This woman. Smart. Beautiful. Gracious. Lover of Jesus. Lover of people. Everybody’s confidante. Everybody’s friend.
Girls, I gotta tell you, when I heard the news, it rattled me. She was only 5 years older than me. It got me thinking about my next five years. What if that’s it? Five years doesn’t seem like much time anymore.
Make them count!
Not that many years ago, I was a full-time mom and wife. I volunteered as a Bible teacher at my little church. I was working at a dental office. Life was busy and full and happy.
Follow your dream
Then a little dream blossomed into the reality of a full-time speaking ministry. Since then, I’ve been shining God’s truth on life’s hard questions for thousands of women. My book, “The Widow Wore Pink” was published. The “Journey to Trust” Bible study was launched. I’ve seen lives changed and it’s the best!
But when my friend died, it made me wonder. What if I only have five years left? How can I best use that time for the glory of God, for the fulfillment of my purpose, to leave a legacy that will last?
Do you think about such things?
Whatever season of life you’re in right now, take notice of the little dream pushing its way into your thoughts and imagination.
Maybe you’re still young and bulletproof. Your dreams are still gelling. You have lots of energy and are waiting for the inspiration.
Maybe you’re in the middle years… and life is a full-time job. You’re in a season of seconds, when every moment pushes back against you. Every tick of the clock needs to be accounted for as you juggle kids and work and laundry and book club and dentist appointments. You tell yourself there is no time for dreaming, there is barely time for sleeping!
Maybe your season of life feels like a tide of ebbing and filling. Work deadlines and insurance payments are juggled around taking care of parents and bosses and trips to the doctor and trying to stay disengaged from the news and connected to grown kids. Chasing dreams will have to wait just a bit longer.
Or, your pace is slowing down. It feels like you’re coasting to the finish line, and yet, you wonder if there could be more. The dream you’ve put on hold, waiting for the right time, is persistently popping into your mind.
Disregard the enemy’s lies
But now the enemy of your soul whispers it’s too late or too much or too impossible. Silence those lies!
As long as you are upright and taking oxygen, there is time for you to make a difference. There is time to follow your dream.
Time to write the book, or take the trip, or start the business, or adopt the baby, or attend the Olympics, or learn to cook, or get out of debt, or run with the bulls, or share Good News with your neighbor.
There is a season, this is yours.
The Bible says life rolls in seasons. There is a season for everything and the canopy covering all those seasons is to live fully for Jesus.
What are your plans to make the next 5 years count?
As long as I have breath, I’ll be looking for ways to live as fully as my friend did. My mission is to proclaim the goodness of God, dispense wisdom and spread His love.
What’s yours and what are you doing to make it happen? Leave me a comment below. I’d be honored to pray for your courage and God’s timing.
Verse for today: Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 ESV
Prayer: God, I feel the press of your calling but I’m scared to step out. Give me courage and fill me with your strength and wisdom. Set me on the right path and confirm your leading repeatedly as you did for Gideon. I want to trust you in this. In Jesus Name I pray, amen.