At the End of the Day

What do I own at the end of the day,
When the sun goes down on my old, pale frame?
What do I own in this world so vast?
My house? My car? The wealth I amassed?

What do I own when I sit on my bed,
When visits are few and my vigor has fled?
What do I own when I’m there at the end?
My kids? My husband? My wife? My friend?

No! All these things they were never mine.
Had them a while, brief moments in time.
What do I own at the end of the day,
When the sun goes down on my old, pale frame?

I own the gifts that the Lord gave to me,
The lasting ones – the ones that were free.
I own my joy and the love of the Lord,
The hope and peace which no money affords.

Mark 8:36
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”


(Pictures, Heidi Viars, 2019, Poem by Heidi Viars – revisited from 2013)


  1. “The lasting ones – the ones that were free.”, Oh this. This, this, THIS. Why do we work so hard for things we want to own – to possess, when none of it will ever be ours? Why when we can work to glorify the kingdom of God and be given everything? He who GAVE UP everything to save us. Such a great reminder, friend.


  2. Heidi, your photos are stunning, and your words are just beautiful. We need to keep in perspective that we brought nothing into the world and we’ll take nothing out. The Lord owns it/us all. Thanks for this timely and poignant reminder, my friend!


    • Thank you, Trudy, for reading and leaving me with your encouragement. The Lord has allowed me to see some of the most gorgeous sunsets lately. It was such a blessing. Be blessed in what He shows you today 🙂


  3. Amen Heidi! When I think about it, I don’t even own myself for I have been bought with the precious blood of Jesus! And that’s more than enough for me; oh how I love my Master!
    Very well said Heidi, and the photo is glorious! Enjoy your blessings, Jacquie


    • Dearest Jacquie, thank you for your kind words of encouragement. Yes, we are not our own, but bought with something so precious we could never have afforded it. YES, I am in the same place you are … I LOVE THE MASTER 🙂 You are a blessing!


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