17 Days


Two young blonde women are sitting at a table in a coffee shop in such an obviously celebratory mood that a man drifts over intending to offer to buy them something to drink. When he gets close he hears one say to the other, “Here’s to 17 days!”

Smiling, the man says, “Congratulations! What’s so special about 17 days?”

Eyes twinkling, one of the women explains. “Well, we’ve been spending our evenings working on a jigsaw puzzle! On the box is says ‘3-5 years.’ But we finished it in just 17 days!”

Everything is relative. If we compare ourselves to the wrong standard, we look pretty good. That’s why we shouldn’t compare ourselves – except to the standards of God.

The Apostle Paul said, “This one thing I do – forgetting the past, I strive for the mark of the high calling of Christ Jesus my Lord.”

Live by the right standards. As for 17 days, what matters most is not how fast you figure out this puzzle called life – but that you do.


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