O Me of Little Faith

O Me of Little Faith

Do It Well

Today I went to the funeral of my great uncle James Johnson, my paternal grandmother’s older brother. He was one month shy of turning 90. He was recently honored by his church for having been a Baptist deacon for 50 years. He’s had cancer for the last several years. He was a good man.

I returned from the funeral to discover that the cancer prognosis of my friend Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk, is grim. Not good at all. Maybe six months. Maybe he’s got a year. And this is the year his first book is being released. Finally. This was supposed to be his big year. And now…


Michael’s wife Denise wrote this yesterday:


Though he will still say with unashamed honesty, “I don’t want it to all be over at age 53!” he has the confidence of knowing that he has run the race God set out for him. He believes he has done the work our Lord intended for him to do, and if the last task God has for him in this life is dying, then he will do that to the best of his ability.


Whether you’re living or dying, whether you’re a middle-aged blogger in Kentucky or an elderly deacon in Texas, whether you’re enjoying ice cream with your girlfriend or wrestling with your kids, whether you’re going to school or heading off to the factory, whether you’re working or playing or singing or laughing, do it to the best of your ability.

Do it because you can.

And do it well.

Life is too short to aim low.

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posted March 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

You know, it's later than you think.

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posted March 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm

this is a great reminder, although I do wish it didn't take death to refresh our memory of what living this life is about…having lost my 1st husband to cancer when he was 30, i can relate to what was is short…but God IS good…and what we make of each day is what matters most.

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Ken Summerlin

posted March 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I, too, attended a funeral today. It was for the 80 year old grandfather of my daughter-in-law, Heather. I listened to the pastor today describing Walter and the life he lived, I'm confident that he lived life well and aimed high, as you say. Even at 80 years, it was a life too short for those who loved him.Thanks for sharing a timeless message.

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posted March 10, 2010 at 9:56 pm

"Life is too short to aim low."Great quote. Reminds me of a Charlie Peacock song entitled "Aim A Little Higher". The song is about a father/son relationship and the spiritual impact of aiming too low:———————————Just about sundown on the levee road near the old fishin' holeTeaching me to shoot straight and true was your only goalYou threw a can up in the air and smiledI pulled the trigger, missed by a mile, you saidAim a little higher and you can't missBless that can with a shotgun kissAim a little higher, try it againAim a little, aim a little, aim a little higherIn later years on a river of tears I drifted home for a whileSince shame was the only glory I'd ever known, I didn't change my styleFirst night home I got drunk and confusedMistook you for a fool, you were not amused, you saidAim a little higher, cause you're not livin'All this takin' son and never givin'Gonna catch up to you like a ball of fireAim a little, aim a little, aim a little higherAim a little higher, you're shootin' too lowAim for the dirt and you'll never knowGlorious redemption or heavenly hopeAim a little, aim a little, aim a little higherAim a little, aim a little, aim a little higherIn those deceptive moments, in those deceptive daysWhen the dung and the mire look like the high wireWill there be anyone who loves me enough to say? "You gotta aim a little higher, aim a little, aim a little higher""You gotta aim a little higher, aim a little, aim a little higher"

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Kevin Leggett

posted March 11, 2010 at 11:13 am

My wife and I watched "The Time Traveler's Wife" week before last. For the firs time in my life, I found myself scared of death. I didn't quite understand my feelings because I can't wait to meet Christ face to face. But I couldn't sleep that night. There was this feeling that there is something more to life than what I let it become.

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posted March 12, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I'm sorry to hear about first your great uncle's death, and then the bad news concerning your friend. Thanks for sharing it with us and reminding us that life really is too short to waste it.

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