ACTS International
Home Page of ACTS International
Home Page of ACTS InternationalHow to Find and Know God without having to be religiousLife Help Articles dealing with faith, family, and practical helps for purposeful livingDaily and Weekend Encounters with more than a third-of-a-million worldwide subscribersSupport the Work of ACTS International a not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible for U.S. donorsCurrent report on the ministries and services of ACTS InternationalOnline Store of ACTS ... ACTS CommunicationsAbout ACTS International
ACTS International Home Page Click here for the current issue of  Daily Encounter
Tell a Friend Site Map Share and/or Bookmark
Articles > About Faith: > Do It Now

Do It Now

"For He [God] understands how weak we are; He knows we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone—as though we had never been here."1

I recall watching an interesting TV program commemorating the life of Gregory Peck, the well-known actor, soon after he passed away. Obviously, we know little about the personal lives of famous actors—except for what the tabloids would like to have us believe. Nevertheless, I have always had a great admiration of the talents of this gifted actor.

As we were watching this program I said to Joy, my wife, how it struck me how fleeting life is. A man reaches a peak of fame and, if he is fortunate enough, may stay there for a few years and then he is no longer. Life is over. It reminded me that that is also true of me. Here today; but gone "tomorrow".

I'll never forget some of the last words of a very close friend of mine who, in his mid-forties, became the victim of cancer, and said to me before dying, "I am so angry because there was so much more I wanted to do with my life that I never got around to doing. And now it's too late."

When I come to the end of life's journey, I don't want to have regrets. I want to know that, even with my human frailties, I gave life my best shot having invested it in eternal values. I wish the same also for you.

You have probably read the wonderful quote credited to Stephen Grellet, the 18th/19th-century French/American religious leader, who said: "I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it, for I shall not pass this way again."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the wonderful privilege You have given to me to be able to serve You. I'm available. Help me to invest whatever life I have left in eternal values and to have a part—no matter how small—in Your plans and what You are doing in the world in which I live. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 103:14-16 (NLT).


All articles on this website are written by
Richard (Dick) Innes unless otherwise stated.

    Back to Return to previous page Previous Page    
Site Map   Top
Find Peace With God footer
About God
About Faith
Ask the Teacher
Better Living Tips
Words of Love
Words of Inspiration
People Power for Jesus
Simple and Effective Witnessing for Christ

Spanish Espanol
French Francois

Daily Encounter
Weekend Encounter
Encuentros Diarios
When God Is Silent
Prayer Partners

Special Needs

Helps and Studies
Today's Reading
Annual Reading

Today's Quotes
Happiness Test
Stress Test


ACTS Websites
ACTS in Action Report


Syndicate ACTS Articles
"I Hate Witnessing"
   Audio—No Charge

Opening Closed Minds
Effective Communications
Jesus, the Communicator
Punching Holes in
   the Darkness

About ACTS
Be an ACTS Friend

People Power Invite
Privacy Policy
Snail-Mail List
Contact Us/Feedback

Online Bookstore

Site Map
Report problems to ACTS International
All pages in this site © Copyright 2005-2018 by ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545, San Clemente, CA 92673 U.S.A.
HOME   Daily Encounter  Find Peace With God