I Shall Use My Time

Jack London

Jack London’s Credo

I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.

So, how will you use your time today?


Featured image sourced via Pilgrim’s Way Books.

7 Daily Affirmations for Finishing Well

7 Daily Affirmations for Finishing Well

To know you’re not forgotten. You have a gift. You have talents. You have a purpose. And you are needed. Desperately.

But negative agreements we’ve made, subtle lies often buried deep, rooted in our past, are telling us otherwise.

I had the privilege to shine a little light—7 Daily Affirmations for Finishing Well—on issues we all face that have kept us sidelined for long enough, and truths that will get you back in the race. And finishing well.

You can listen to part two of this two part series in the player window below. If the player is not shown, you can also click here to listen.

Thanks again to Beyond the Veil Fellowship Church in Evansville, Indiana, for allowing me to share this important message. (To listen to part one, The Evidence Is All Around, click here.)


Trails less traveled.

The way is narrow. The way is steep.
The way is hard. But the way is good.
Your load is light.
Joy in simplicity. Peace in surroundings.
The air. The earth.
Clear water trickling to your thirsty soul.

Here we measure life in steps, not miles per hour.

Stop and look. Stop and feel. Stop to see.
Stop to speak, to a fellow passerby.
Share stories of your travels, if only at this crossing.
To move each foot forward, and onward,
and upward, for the Highest of Highs.

Are you ready for this journey?

Prescription for Doing (Life) Part 3 – See Another

Keep the earth below my feet
For all my sweat, my blood runs weak
Let me learn from where I have been
Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn
Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn

— Mumford & Sons, “Below My Feet

As each small bag passed through my hands to the next volunteer, I thought of each man, woman, and child, in some other country, who will open these packages. They will be happy because it’s one more day they can eat. I am happy because I can help.

barefoot on dirt, grounded, eyes to serve

I was in San Diego at a technology conference, and the host had partnered with Stop Hunger Now to build meal kits. In assembly line fashion, we held open plastic bags, filled them with a combo of rice & soy meal with vitamins, and boxed them for shipment around the world.

But the men, women, and children I saw eating this food were part of my imagination. In reality my eyes only saw bags of dry food passing through my hands, and my ears only heard rice sliding through plastic funnels and volunteers small talking about where they were from and what kind of companies they worked for and what they did for fun.

Certainly they were humbled and excited to give of their time for such a cause. I could see it on their faces. Except for one slightly overweight guy who, trying to be funny, had the audacity to say, “No wonder all those people can stay skinny. All they eat is rice and soy meal!” Nobody laughed.

The Art of Work, Jeff Goins

The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015)

We all have some understanding of what we’re supposed to do with our lives. We may not realize it or perhaps we lost it, but it’s there, waiting to be uncovered. — Jeff Goins

I wish I’d had this book twenty years ago. It would have saved me more than half that time searching for the answer to the question: What am I here for? What am I supposed to do with my life?

The question has plagued generations. Just look at history. Amidst the confusion of the many flourish the marvels of the few. Why do so few people ever discover what could be the most influential breakthrough of their lives, if not the breakthrough—something that could affect not just this life, but generations to come?

At the end of your days, what will be the mark of your success? And really, how do you define success? Is it possible to find the answers before it’s too late?

Fortunately, the answer is Yes. In The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do, best-selling author Jeff Goins delivers just what the title promises. Through true stories of ordinary men and women choosing extraordinary lives, Goins shows you how they have searched for, found, and are fulfilling their purposes. And within each story, Goins does more than coach you. He walks beside you, sharing actionable wisdom from his own inspiring journey.

Jeff Goins’ perspective is both fresh and relevant for today’s generations. Every page speaks from the heart of an authentic writer who has been there. And you’ll be convinced, not by hypothetical storytelling but through real people, that a path exists for all of us to find what we are meant to do, and who we are meant to be.

Jeff breaks this down into three parts for easy digestion: Preparation, Action, and Completion. The first to wake you up for your breakthrough. The second to discover and commit to your new destination. And the third to spur you on toward mastery and a life fulfilled in legacy. But don’t be fooled. Becoming the person you are called to be will not be easy. And that’s exactly where this book is going to help you.

If this has struck even one spark in you, I encourage you to check it out. You can click here to order The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do from Amazon. (A five star rating at the time of this review.)

For additional ordering options and to learn more about Jeff Goins, his consulting, coaching, seminars and speaking on a variety of subjects ranging from writing and creativity to leadership and influence to social media and online marketing, visit his website at goinswriter.com.