The Man Who Recorded Every Minute of His Life

UnknownThere was a man who chronicled every minute of his life. I remember seeing a story about him on a TV news magazine years ago. When I thought of him recently, I went online hoping to discover what had become of him—but I found nothing.

He wrote in a journal every fifteen minutes, reporting about what he thought, what he observed, and even little things like bathroom breaks and drinks of water. A strange little man, a lonely man, his study packed floor to ceiling with leather-bound journals, his entire adult life packed into thick stacks of yellowing pages. He was elderly when the news magazine did the report. Certainly, he must be dead by now. What happened to those diaries? Likely, they are long gone, remaining only in the memories of a few who saw a television magazine report, and remembered.

Why this man chronicled every minute of his life isn’t clear. He was obsessed, obviously, mentally ill some would say. It was important to him that someone knew that he existed, and that someone would remember.


Someone did remember: God. He knew this man even before He formed him in his mother’s womb. God had already planned every minute of his life. There was no need to record it. God was there. He knew. The bible says that God chronicles our lives in His Book of Life—the only report that exists forever.

As we enter into this Holy Week of Easter, we remember another Man whose days were carefully recorded. We remember Jesus’ last days and those agonizing hours that He spent on the cross.

Jesus existed here on Earth and He died for our sins because God remembers us. He remembers every minute of our days, the good things and the sinful. He forgives us for our sins and loves us so much that He sacrificed His own Son so that we can live eternally in heaven. The Lord watches over everything we do now and forever. (Psalm 121:8). He remembers us and will bless us. (Psalm 115:12)

Let’s remember Him!


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