“Pencils Down!”


I’m sure you all have flashbacks to your childhood days when you hear that expression, “Pencils Down!”   I do too.  There was both relief when I heard those words, as well a finality to it.  The test was done, now I wonder how I did?

That’s why, when I came to a chapter from Levi Lusko’s book,  “Through the Eyes of a Lion” that had “Pencils’ Down” as the name of it, my interest was peaked.

Here are some notes from my reading :

“Life is a timed test. We’re all living against a deadline. The Bible tells us that  a moment is coming when God will say, “Pencils down” to each one of us.: “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgement” (Heb. 9:27)

Deadline is a word we use to describe the time when a project or an application is due. You might be surprised to know  that the origin of that word actually has something to do with real dying.  In the early 1900’s, it was a physical line painted on the ground around the inside of a prison, measured out twenty feet from the walls. If prisoners crossed this line, they would be shot on the spot. It was literally a line of death.

But really , that’s how life is. At a certain point, we cross the line and its all over. But none of us know where that deadline is. Its invisible

Sand keeps falling from our hourglass, but there is no way to know how much we started with or how much we have left. We may have an appointment with death, but it s not on our Google calendars…

The only people who are truly ready to live are those who are prepared to die.”


I would imagine that if you are like me, you are busy “taking the test of life”.  You are doing your best with all the things on your mind: job concerns, children concerns, church responsibilities, aches and pains, tired of all the overhype of political coverage, financial bills, etc.


Do you ever think about that?

Do you think it might not be a bad idea to give it some thought?

If I can be of any help in your searching for answers, please just let me know:

Walter — hwalter850@aol.com



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