20 seconds


Just a few minutes ago, I put my coffee in the microwave for 20 seconds. I walked across the kitchen, then the dining room, to the other end of the house, down the hall, to the office, said something to my mom, and had gotten back down the end of the hall when the microwave went off.

And I immediately thought, Wow. A lot just happened in 20 seconds. That’s crazy.

I can’t help but wonder about all kinds of other situations that could possibly happen in 20 seconds or less.

— a car crash

— a break up

— unkind words exchanged, hurt feelings

— a compliment and a smile

— a random act of kindness

— a soldier jumping on a grenade

— a shared joke

— a selfless act to save someone’s life

— a single look that says more than a thousand words

— a missed opportunity

— admiring a beautiful sunset

— a heartfelt conversation

— a prayer

Isn’t it amazing? It makes me take another look at how I’m living my life, moment by moment, day by day. How am I affecting others? Am I pointing them to Christ? Does my life give glory to God? Are my actions exemplary? The little girl at school that looks up to me … would I want her to imitate what I say and what I do? Am I cynical, or am I encouraging to be around? Am I complaining more than I am focusing on others instead of myself?

What do you think? And what other things could happen in 20 seconds or less?