You Only Get One Life: How to Make It Count
by Drenda Keesee
We get just one life to live.
We want to make a difference.
We want our lives to count.
That’s why people spend so much time trying to predict when Jesus will return to earth, even though He plainly told us Himself in Matthew 24:42 that we do not know what day He will return.
Here’s the thing…
The clock is moving no matter what.
While it’s true that we’re seeing plenty of signs that make it look like we’re living in the end times, it doesn’t matter whether Jesus returns in your lifetime or not, and whether it’s the earth’s last days or the end times or not, because you have just ONE life to live.
It’s time to make sure you’re living the way God has called you to live.
If you read the rest of Matthew 24, you’ll see that Jesus was warning the disciples not to be alarmed or deceived by what they would see happen in the world. He uses an example of a burglar breaking into a house to warn the disciples to stay expectant of His return at all times:
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” – Matthew 24:43-44
Jesus told us He would return when we don’t expect Him, so why are we so eager to recognize the signs of the times? So we can minister to more people? So we can do what’s right before we run out of time? So we can stand watch at the door right before the burglar shows up?
Jesus said we should keep constant watch and always be prepared.
So, the most important question isn’t “Are we living in the end times?”
The most important question is:
If Jesus comes back tomorrow, will you be happy with what you did today?
Because whether we are or aren’t living in THE last days, we are living in OUR last days.
You and I only have a certain amount of time to make an impact, so we should always live our lives as if Jesus were returning tomorrow.
We need to make every second count.
Yes, we need to understand the times we’re living in and know what’s going on, but in order to make our lives count, we need to keep our focus and priority on God, be sure we’re in faith and living it, and glorify God with our lives and our choices.
You can make a difference. As a child of God, there is an anointing of God’s presence on your life to do so.
You can make every second count.
Drenda Keesee’s contagious zeal and humorous personal experiences help make her ministry of spiritual, emotional and relational wholeness one that will bless your life and spark a new fire in your spirit.
A wife of over 30 years and a mother of five children, Drenda has ministered at churches, seminars, and conferences, and through the mediums of television and radio, for more than 20 years.
Her books, The New Vintage Family, Better Than You Think, and She Gets It are available wherever books are sold. In these heartfelt books, Drenda shares her personal journey and the life lessons that have brought her to where she is today, as well as practical answers that all people need to live a joyful life.
Drenda and her husband Gary founded Faith Life Now, a ministry designed to spread the message of freedom in the areas of finances, faith, marriage, and family. Faith Life Now hosts conferences worldwide, and sponsors both Fixing the Money Thing, which Drenda co-hosts with her husband Gary, and Drenda.
Through their own life experiences, the Keesees have found the principles from God’s Word to be powerful and effective. At one point, Drenda was a young, suicidal feminist with no hope of ever being “good enough” for her own standards of perfection. She never wanted the “inconvenience” of a husband or children, and she was on her own path to success. But the stress of trying to achieve perfection and perform for love left her broken and used. She had success, but it was nothing compared to the pain and loneliness it had also brought.
That’s when God got a hold of her heart. It was there—at her lowest point—that she found the One who accepted and loved her, faults and all. Since that transformation, Drenda has had a passion to reach women who find themselves where she once was.
She married Gary after attending college, and there she found herself in a personal boot camp of sorts. She says, “I cried and told God, ‘I can do anything but be a wife and mother.’” She committed to learning how to do it God’s way. Through the many years of raising their children and struggling to make ends meet, Drenda learned from their mistakes. “I didn’t know how to be a wife and mother, but God saved our marriage, taught us how to parent our children for success, showed us how to have financial success, and then irony of all ironies, He called us to ministry.” It’s truly because of these life experiences that Drenda can now share so many insightful principles for people who are now going through the same struggles.