Six-Word Memoirs

One of the surprising best-selling books of 2008 is Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. Notice that the main title is only six words: Not Quite What I Was Planning. People were asked to succinctly sum up their life in six words.

Some were humorous. Joan Rivers wrote, “Liars, hysterectomy didn’t improve sex life!” Stephen Colbert said, “Well, I thought it was funny.” Others were filled with emotion. Someone wrote, “Followed yellow brick road. Disappointment ensued.” Or, “Should have risked asking, he sighed.” The USA Today writer that reviewed the book offered this as his own: “Dad was Santa. Downhill from there.” Maybe you can identify with the person that summed up their life this way, “Never really finished anything, except cake.”

It reminded me of Jesus’ brief summation of two different people. To one He said, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Seven words. To the other He said, “Depart from Me, I never knew you.” Seven words.

Why does it matter how I use my time? It matters because time is short, it can be wasted, and we will give an account of the time He gave us at the judgment.

Contributed by: Ed Sasnett

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