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?

16 thoughts on “20 seconds

  1. I just wrote on a similar topic on my own blog just a couple days ago. πŸ™‚ time is incredible, isn’t it? I love your writings. ❀

  2. 20 seconds of time–a mere 20 seconds and yet so much can and does happen in just that short amount of time….It does give me pause to consider it… I will pay attention to time more….. it can be so short at times and yet seem to go on for an eternity. love your words…..

  3. A 20 seconds can change your life. Trust me, I’ve had it happen. Sometimes so good but then sometimes so bad….Time is a mysterious thingy that is just time! And I just took about 20 seconds to write this…..:) Love you Rachel

  4. Dude, no worries πŸ™‚ You’re doin’ pretty darn good at being a witness in whatever you do. Your always lovely to be around and super encouragin’ and fun. I aspire to be more like you, and more like Christ too.
    Your fellow CrossFitter

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