Five Minute Friday — Red

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. You might remember the task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker ( who thought about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out — not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing. I’m proud to be one of the hundreds of bloggers who take part each week and look forward to reading what others write. It’s always a treat reading different interpretations on a common word.

This week’s prompt is RED.

Here goes. The timer is set for five minutes {clock starts now}

Here I am, sitting in an endless parade of red taillights. I have meetings to attend. I have things to do. This is so much of an inconvenience.

I look at the car to my right, also parked in a sea of red lights. She looks just as agitated as I am, thumping her fingers on the steering wheel. I look to my left. He and his wife are actually talking, calmly and quietly. Wait, she’s reading for a book. It’s a bible.

On no, my face is turning red. Here I am complaining and fretting about a little inconvenience when my Lord spent His final day spilling his crimson red blood … for me.

My face should be turning red. And I should realize my problems aren’t unique to me. There is a plan. There is a reason I’m stuck here.

Maybe I should ponder that. Maybe I should learn to slow down … STOP

… Maybe that’s the lesson of the red tail lights.

Well, that’s it for another week. How would you define worship?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.


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I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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3 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Red

  1. Patty Mejia Burke says:

    Very powerful words! I’m so glad you were stuck in traffic and had the opportunity to receive some of God’s Grace!


  2. Rebekah says:

    Visiting from FMF — always great to be reminded to slow down. Life goes by too quickly not to!

    • Yes, life goes by far too quickly. The greatest gift to yourself is to allow yourself time to enjoy it. My wife and I had 40 years together … in the blink of an eye. Love your “picture painting” words.

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