In John Piper’s “Don’t Waste Your Life” he says, “I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader’s Digest:

A couple 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.

Piper goes on to say, “Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: ‘Look, Lord. See my shells.’  That is a tragedy.”

I couldn’t agree more and this is a great example of a wasted life.

Too many people waste their lives by ignoring the important (if difficult) challenges that they were created for and spend it on trivial and inane activities.

You have a remarkable opportunity to do something significant with your life.

You have a tremendous opportunity to use your unique skills and abilities to live your passion and fulfill God’s plan for you.

You have a great opportunity to make a positive difference in the world and the people around you.

You have a marvellous opportunity to truly live, not just exist.

You only get one shot at it.

So don’t waste your life.

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