Reflections On Life for the New Year

“If we didn’t die,” my doctor friend said, “we’d never do anything!” He served for decades as an OB/Gyn in the Republic of the Congo. “Think about it,” he went on. “If we never died, we’d just lay around on the couch day after day, eating potato chips.”

Well, I’ve thought about it. I’m grateful to have outlived my father, who died at 65 of a heart attack. What shall I do with the time I have left? Because I’m aware my time on earth is limited, I am working on my legacy. I’m investing in our children and grandchildren; and in our one great grandchild. But most people do that.

What consumes me most, however, is writing. Because I recognize my limited time, I want to leave behind a book to help others. My goal is to produce a book based on Scripture to help people overcome loss. Based on the experience of Job, well known, on the one hand, for his disasters, my book details his steps, on the other hand, to recover.  I love that book; in it Job is so human, and God is so sovereign. In the end Job is also transformed. I want my book book to encourage people in their recovery from loss and, hopefully, also prepare them for a transformative experience with the Lord.

What are you doing with the time you have left?


About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy ( blog to learn more. provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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