Jeremy Statton

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Make Your One Life Count

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The number one is frightening.

  • One chance to get it right.
  • One today.
  • One now.
  • One life.
  • One you.

The importance of now can be so overwhelming, that we find ourselves afraid to act, too scared to begin.

What if we fail? What if we miss? What if nobody reads our book? What if the church plant fails? What if that person we tell Jesus about makes fun of us? What if we lose our life trying to bring the gospel to those who have never heard it?

Who isn’t scared?

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But the reality of one can also be a powerful motivator.

Yes, it might last 80 years or so, but we only get to write one story with our lives, and that one story will last forever.

We get one legacy. One moment on this earth. One chance to contribute to the good of man. One chance to tell God thank you. One life to give back to him.

What we do right now, defines us forever.

If we had multiple chances, if this were only a rough draft to another story to come, then maybe it would make sense to play it safe. But it isn’t.

If we let the reality of one affect how we write our story, then it will look very different. Instead of being afraid of failing, we would be afraid of not giving it everything we have.

Jesus chose to use his one life to die for a people who did not deserve it. He loved them so much that he took on agony and pain and being forsaken by his father for their good. He gave everything.

He used his one life, to die for us so that we might have life.

This one life we enjoy is a gift from the Creator of the earth and the sun and the stars.

This Jesus that gave his life for us out of love, is worth everything we have. He is worth making our entire story about him.

Are you making your one life count?

Do you find the concept of “one” powerful or frightening? Leave a comment.

About Jeremy Statton

Jeremy is a writer and an orthopedic surgeon. When not ridding the world of pain, he helps you live a better story. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google +.

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14 Replies

  1. I’m finding it frightening either way. If something truly is powerful, ie God, even if I have total trust in Him there is an air of fright at the awesomeness and potential. That kind of fright, that we submit ourselves to, finishes with a sweet savor of true success. 

    The other kind, the terror, the one that paralyzes us from being active or effective because of the potential failure, is dangerous. Not because we could fail but because we might not try.

  2. It reminds me of the quote from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when the kids were talking to the beavers. Upon finding out that Aslan was a lion and not a man, the kids asked if he was safe. Mr Beaver responded with, “No he isn’t safe. But he is good.” We have to trust in that goodness.

  3. ” We get one legacy. One moment on this earth. One chance to contribute to
    the good of man. One chance to tell God thank you. One life to give
    back to him.”  LOVE that.  So true. 

  4. I love that quote. I wrote about that on a guest post once. It frames God, if you can do that, very understandable for the human condition.

  5. I find it empowering. I love this: “If we let the reality of one affect how we write our story, then it will look very different. Instead of being afraid of failing, we would be afraid of not giving it everything we have.” I’ve written this on the back of my hand because I never want to forget it, never want to be blamed for not giving everything I’ve got.

  6. I agree. it’s about as good as we can do to gain some perspective.

  7. It’s a perspective that is really easy to forget.

  8. that brought a huge smile to my face.

  9. Anonymous

    I’m being more intentional about making my life count. Remembering we only have a short time on earth is what keeps me moving forward. I desire to give God my first and best, which I hope leads to a lasting legacy.

  10. Glenntaylor001

    If we give fear the prominent position, then we waste yet more of our little time here….I go with powerful

  11. I can’t wait to see the results, Dan.

  12. Agreed. Fear is content to have you wast time, waiting to do something.

  13. Lorna Faith

    Your words are powerful Jeremy:) Having lived through a failed church plant with my husband, having a house burn down, almost losing our children to an accident, can make a person fearful to try again. But remembering that Jesus has done so much for me…I can’t stop…I need to try again and again. So I am stepping out…putting myself ‘out there’ despite the fear because Jesus gave everything for me. Definitely a powerful motivator! Thanks so much for this post :-)

  14. Wow, Lorna. That’s quite a story. I am glad that you find your comfort and hope in Jesus.

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