Who first said, "Time flies
when you're having fun."?
...Albert Einstein. (And HE should know about "time" and "flying")
I remember the day that we moved
into our first house in Anderson.
Our stuff, which had been in
storage since April, was being moved
in August to our house on Coventry
We had a 5-year-old, and our
9-month-old youngest child...who
learned to walk AND got chicken pox
that same day.
It was a full day for mom and
I remember the warm night,
our new neighbors bringing over a
home-made key lime pie, and a garage
full of boxes...along with a
toddling, speckled 9-month-old.
That nine-month-old just turned 24, and my oldest turns 30 this next year.
And so I say, "Time flies...whether you're having fun or not."
When I look back at what seems like a short time ago, I have many conflicting emotions: happiness, remorse, regret, fondness, nostalgia, just to name a few. I could concentrate on the regret and become a sad, bitter guy who regrets not being the best dad. Or I could concentrate on only the good things and not see, realistically, how my friends, family and congregations have contributed to my life and me to theirs. Either way, the past is the past...so how then should we live?
Jesus, who understands what it is like to live IN time (like us humans) and OUT of time (in the age of timeless bliss that IS God and His home) said a few things that help put things into perspective.
LIVE IN THE DAY, THE MOMENT...DON'T JUMP AHEAD
"Don't worry about your life, what you will eat and what you will drink. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing? Can any of you add an inch to your height by worrying? Don't worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will worry about itself, each day has trouble enough of its own." (MATT 6:25-34)
INVEST IN SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN'T LOSE
"Don't collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don't break in and steal. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also." (MATT 6:19-21)
And throughout the ministry of Jesus as He walked with us was to remind us that NOW is the time, CHANGE is possible, and HE makes all things new.
Probably all of us could look back on our lives, our parenting, our relationships, our work history, and have regrets. We could LIVE in those regrets. Or we could look back and think that everything was "rosey" and realize in a shock that our loved-ones didn't quite have that same experience. Both of these perspectives are skewed, and both come from a life that is not lived according to the words & life of Jesus...to LIVE EACH DAY, EACH MOMENT without worrying about tomorrow AND investing in something that you will never lose.
One of the wisest things I've learned from my friend and "investment guru" Ed Payntor, was to not look at what happens to the market daily or even weekly or monthly, but to see the bigger picture...otherwise you begin panicking about things that won't matter in the long-run. The scripture says the same thing. If you must look back, look at the big picture, look and see where God has delivered, worked through the worst situations, brought order out of chaos and supplied the need.
I AM so thankful for my family, my time here in Anderson, and my spiritual family at Central. And yes, time does fly, whether you're having fun or not. But with each year I am just beginning to understand that I can touch eternity by living in THIS moment and enjoying THIS time. Being thankful for every moment I am in the presence of those I love is, in fact, touching the place where God is.
I have not been a perfect parent, but my Heavenly Father is perfect, in every way, and is continuing to "parent" my sons...and me.
Every moment has its time. Every person has their place. Do not brush either away, for fear of missing the joy God has prepared according to HIS agenda for you.
you all...see you in
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(PBS will be on these dates only 2017,
then start up again in 2018)
Come see our first show, Directed by Central Christian's own, Jayna Friend, and featuring Central's own,
Pastor Rick, Cameron Vale, Cito Wyatt, Kevin Weston,
Lisa Benefiel & Nita Arnold!
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