God willing, I’ve got a good thirty years of strong work left, give or take ten. My life clock is moving close to the three quarter hour. And it’s making me take a closer look at my choices — before it’s too late.
Over the years, I’ve spoken with very successful men and women who faced serious illness, and in a few instances, impending death. When this stage forces its way into a life, an interesting pattern occurs. Regardless of where they live, how many thousands, millions, or even billions there are in the bank, there’s a serious change.
Most want to get right with God before it’s too late. These folks realize they don’t have the luxury of acting blasé about their after life. Even those who expressed disdain, disbelief, or disregard for a Master Creator, want to develop a relationship with Him. Just in case.
Pride has no room in the mind of someone whose body is weakened, and unresponsive to normal controls. I’ve experienced this myself.
In 1997, when I almost died from an allergic reaction after donating a kidney, I realized how fragile and short my time is. While recovering, I made two immediate decisions.
- To restore my relationship with Jesus Christ, and to never turn my back on Him again.
- To live by this standard: If the people I love are healthy and safe, anything else falls into the category of, If this is the worst thing that happens today, it’s been a good day.
I’ve never waivered in my commitment to Christ.
But after my body healed completely, and everyday life set back in, I allowed my old workaholic and anxious ways to sneak into my habits. In recent years, too many hours on the job, and too little quiet time with God, pulled me into an old familiar rut. And I don’t like me this way!
As my Life Clock ticks…ticks…ticks, I realize I’d better make a change — before it’s too late. I don’t want the minute hand to approach my last stroke of midnight with The Five Regrets of the Dying on my mind.
Instead, I want to make the most of every minute. So in the spirit of my strong belief in hope, and learning from the experiences of others, I am committing to abide by The Five Fresh Starts for the Living. Before it’s too late.
I can’t rewind my past, but I can make the most of what time I have left.
How do you want to focus the time left on your Life Clock?
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, a client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.