With Jeaninne Stokes  
Christian Author and Bible-Teacher
Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.
       Psalms 90:12, NLT








He was only fifty-eight, Yet I stood over him, wondering how a once physically fit and energetic man laid lifeless before me in a casket, after losing his battle with brain cancer.


But though my friend died at what I'd considered an untimely age, it was obvious by the large attendance at his funeral and the many words of love and admiration expressed by family, friends and colleagues that he lived his dash.


What is the dash? The dash represents the years on our tombstone that we live between our birth and our death. According to Kerry Shook, in his book, One month to live, "each person's life comes down to what's in the dash - what transpired between those two dates. Are we living the dash, knowing fully who we are and why we're here? Or dashing to live, hurriedly spending precious time chasing things that don't matter?"


As I reflect over the life of my friend, I can honestly say that he lived his dash. He loved God, his family and others and sought to live passionately and purposefully during his fifty-eight years. I'll miss him dearly, but am comforted in knowing that although he died at a relatively young age, he lived his dash.


But what about you? In the words of poet Linda Ellis: "When your eulogy is being read, with your life's actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?"


Sharing the word,

































Jeaninne Stokes is a Christian writer, speaker and Bible-teacher and is the author of
"Living by Faith: A collection of devotional poetry. She writes devotional materials  to help readers grow and mature in the Christian faith. To read more or her writings, visit her at www.jstokeswritingministries.org

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