Manly Quote Mondays: Don’t Waste Your Life

20 May


I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider a story from the February 1998 edition of Reader’s Digest, which tells about a couple who “took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30 foot trawler, play softball and collect shells.”

At first, when I read it I thought it might be a joke. A spoof on the American Dream. But it wasn’t. Tragically, this was the dream: Come to the end of your life—your one and only precious, God-given life—and let the last great work of your life, before you give an account to your Creator, be this: playing softball and collecting shells.

Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: ‘Look, Lord. See my shells.’ That is a tragedy. And people today are spending billions of dollars to persuade you to embrace that tragic dream. Over against that, I put my protest: Don’t buy it. Don’t waste your life.

-John Piper, “Don’t Waste Your Life”

What steps are you taking to make sure that you don’t waste your life?

photo credit: ** Lucky Cavey ** via photopin cc

One Response to “Manly Quote Mondays: Don’t Waste Your Life”

  1. chadwickray May 20, 2013 at 14:19 #

    I’ve started to embrace challenges in front of me. More recently is my challenge to take on CrossFit. And that spawned more challenges in my life. I want to look back at the end of my life and see what I did, who I met, and how my story panned out. I don’t want to collect shells. My most recent post sort tells part of this :

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