Are you living your dash?

Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should ( Psalms 90:12

He was only fifty-eight, yet I stood over him, wondering how a once physically fit and energetic young man could lay lifeless before me.

My friend died at what I’d considered an untimely age after losing a battle with brain cancer.  But it was obvious by the large attendance at his funeral and the many words of love and admiration expressed by family, friends and colleagues, that he lived his dash.

What is the dash? The dash represents the years we live between our birth and death. According to Kerry Shook in his book, One month to live, “each person’s life comes down to what’s in the dash – what transpired between those two dates. Are we living the dash, knowing fully who we are and why we’re here? Or dashing to live, hurriedly spending precious time chasing things that don’t matter?”

As we prepare to close out another year, it’s a good time to reflect on how we as Christian writers are living our dash.  Did we live our dash by writing and publishing  the words God placed on our hearts to share, or were we too busy spending our time chasing other things?

None of us are giving the privilege of knowing  how long we will get to live our dash. So to paraphrase the  words of the poet Linda Ellis:  “When your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash as a Christian writer?”

Sharing the journey,


Writer’s prayer: Father, help me to live out my calling as a  Christian writer between my dash.  Amen.

Writer to Writer- In what ways did you live out your call to write in 2016? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you?!


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