Friday, January 11, 2019 – Five Minute Friday – Better

I’m joining in with a group of writers for Five Minute Friday where we’re given a prompt (this week it’s BETTER) and write for five minutes about it.

I’m pursuing a deeper relationship, and every choice I make takes me closer to, or farther away, from the One who holds my heart.

I am blessed, at this point in my life, to have the gift of time, but time was something I always had—there have always been twenty-four hours in a day, as far as I know.

Once a good portion of my day was constrained by the priorities of a corporation, but I still had choices to make during those hours to walk with grace and integrity, and I had a good measure of non-work hours that I chose to fill, one way or another, with things that took me closer to, or farther away. Now, I set my own schedule.

I didn’t always choose wisely, then. Sometimes, I don’t now. But an awareness of the end game, and a desire for the One I seek helps me make better choices.

To be still, rather than busy.

To listen rather than speak.

To read this, instead of that.

To adore, rather than ask.

To be kind, rather than harsh.

And countless other better ways that shape and form my character, even as they are an outflowing of it. Better ways, that lead me closer the Best.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Your photo and words are strikingly beautiful, Linda. Thank you for the reminder that even when time feels constrained, we can make thoughtful, mindful, intentional, better! decisions about how to use that time. Thank you!

    1. Thank you for your kind words this morning, Stacey. Wishing you a day filled with better!

  2. To be still, listen and adore. Those resonated with me today. Thank you for your beautiful words and for using your time wisely! 😉

  3. Your words are so meaningful today, Linda. Thanks for the reminder that even on days when we’re not constrained by a work schedule, we often slip and fail to make the most of our opportunities to draw closer to Him.

  4. Linda, for what it may be worth, dying has made me realize that time has two dimensions.

    There’s the linear dimension of seconds and minutes and hours. Yes. That kinda sucks.

    But there is a ‘depth’, as well, and the depth we give to our forced linearity is what defines our days.

    #2 at FMF this week.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.