A life that Counts


Nothing dirty or defiled will get into the City, and no one who defiles or deceives. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will get in.

– Revelation 21:27 [The Message]

The Dream 

It was a room – a typical classroom arrangement, but the lighting was just bright enough for me the man standing before a desk and chair. I took the cue and sat.

Before me was a leather notebook which had my picture on its front page.

“Open it.” He said.

The first page was blank as other pages in the book. I picked up the pen on the desk and felt compelled to write.

So I put the pen to the first page and scribbled. But I discovered that no ink was coming on the page – there were just biro impressions but no ink mark at all.

I flicked the pen repeatedly to shake some ink back to the tip and wrote again. Still not as little as a dot of ink appeared.

“The ink is finished.” I looked up to the one who sat before me.

“No, it’s not.” He gently replied.

Then, I was puzzled. “Then why isn’t it writing?” I asked.

“That’s my book –” And when his index finger touched the book, he continued.

“And in my book, it’s only a life lived for me that counts – everything else goes unregistered.”


Then I woke up as soon as realization swept over me.

The Reality

In the book of our lives [each day a page], it is only the life lived for God that counts. Every other pursuit in life is not true enough to be registered in God’s book. And God’s book is the pass for God’s kingdom.

Consider today,


What does it mean to live for God? Please add scripture references to help others [Thanks!]

Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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