By Charles Towne

Ask yourself the following questions each day for the next month.

Have I lived purposely?
Have I loved fully?
Am I there for others?
Am I a genuine friend?
Am I open to change?
Am I open to the spiritual?
Have I made a difference?
who do I style my life after?
Am I generous with my time?
Does my life reflect the love of God?
Am I a good listener?
Can I keep a confidence?
Am I honest in all things?
Do I spend time in prayer?
Do I associate with people that draw me closer to a loving God?
Do I attract others to Jesus?

My Mother once said: “It doesn’t take patience to do what you love to do.”  So, by all means, take her advice and find what it is you like to do, and then, by all means, do it.
My wife struggles with Alzheimer’s dementia as well as multiple sclerosis,  I am her caregiver.  It is probably the most difficult task I have ever undertaken.  There have been those times when I was at the end of my rope and I knew I couldn’t hold on for a minute longer, but, well, with God’s blessed help I held on.  Believe me, I am a better man because of it.

If you try to hide from the demons of adversity the ravenous little rascals will sniff you out and eat you right down to your socks.  But, if you face them head on, armed with the sword of the spirit you will find that they are cowards, every one of them and that they can be vanquished.

Live fully
Love openly,
Trust God, and make a difference, today

Dear Holy God please, right now, today, this minute, help me to be what you desire me to be.  I love you Father and more than anything else I want to follow you in all things.  Praise you O glorious one.  Amen

Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.


  1. It doesn’t take patience to do what you love to do, but it takes love to make you patient.
    You’ve blessed with the gift of love.

  2. Dear NH, thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad that you appreciate my column. I am realizing more and more the value of my friends. It was Abraham Lincoln that said, and I paraphrase, “If you have one friend in a lifetime, one friend that knows the good and the bad about you, and yet remains your friend, you are exceedingly wealthy.” At that rate I am very rich because I have friends like you. May Papa God bless you dear one. Chaz

  3. Dear Judith, I believe you would have loved my mother. She was one truly blessed with the gift of love you speak of. When I was a rascal I knew that she loved me, it was simply a fact of life and that assurance is with me yet. May your life be blessed beyond your imaginings, Chaz

  4. Well said and I love the questions. Making a habit of just asking myself a few of these questions should greatly improve my mindset towards life in general. Again, well written and God bless.


  5. Dear Judith, what you speak of is the love my mama always shared, thus even though she never had wealth as the world regards wealth she was one of the richest people I have ever known. Patient? Ah yes, she was the epitome of patience. Blessings on you and yours in all you do. Chaz

  6. So absolutely true! Find what you love and do it! Life is too short to waste precious time that God has blessed us with. Thank you, Chuck, for the list of important daily reminders. I don’t want to waste my days or miss an opportunity. God bless!

  7. Dear CSG, So many of us get trapped in a ho hum state of life where they do little more than exist. I believe that our Holy friend wants more for us that that don’t you. I have a little book, “What you say is what you get!” It is by Don Gossett. What a powerful read! Pick up a copy and you will be greatly blessed. God bless you my dear friend, Chaz

  8. Thanks for the list of questions. Very helpful. So glad God is there for us in our struggles as well as successes. You’re very fortunate to have had such a wise mother. She must’ve passed some of that along to you.

  9. Dear Kristin, it took me more than a little while to put a smidgin of her wisdom to work in my own life but I think it is finally taking hold. Some of us are faster learners, or quicker studies than others and I am thankful that Papa God is patient with us. Blessings on you and yours my friend, Chaz

  10. Well Chuck, I found it behooved me( sorry, I don’t get many chances to use that word!) to type out your list and post it by my desk! I think it’s good to read it every morning as I start my day. Your mom was right, we don’t need patience to do what we love but sometimes it’s a good idea to make sure that what we love doesn’t clash with the list of questions! I mean, I really love to watch my old Charlie Chan dvd’s but that is not very helpful to serving others, so discretion! Anyway yes, we can always count on His help because of His love and not because we deserve it. I also think He grants us the wisdom to make the difficult decisions. Many years ago, a guy I met in the navy gave me this and it took me about 30 years to appreciate the wisdom of it he said, ” it is ALWAYS easier to stay out than to get out! ” I guess that God uses strange methods to teach us sometimes! Anyway as always,you and your words bless everyone, and I thank you for all the lessons.

  11. I thank you Richard, your words are at the very least humbling. Your friend’s words are well taken. In retrospect I can think of several situations that ended up less than ideal. There are those times when we foolishly presume to test fate and the only thing that saves us from catastrophe is the grace and love of Papa God Again I thank you pal, Chaz


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