Wow, 2011 has gone by very quickly! It's already 2012, our kids are 6 months older than when they started school this year, and are half way through their grade! The older I get, the faster the weeks come and go and the quicker time goes by. My son is technically now 2 years away from entering our student ministry at this point in the school year. (We promote 5th graders after Christmas break).
James 4:14 reminds us that life moves by so quickly that "we are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." Job writes in Job 7:7 "Remember, O'God, that my life is but a breath..." David echoes Job's words in Psalm 39:5, stating that "each man's life is but a breath..."
And don't forget the words of country music star Kenny Chesney when he uttered the lyrics to Don't Blink -"Don't blink, Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you. Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife. Don't blink. You just might miss your babies growing like mine did, turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half" of fifty years is there in bed and you're praying God takes you instead. Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think So don't blink"
Through the scriptures God reminds us to pay attention to our lives and how quickly they move. Not only is life moving in and around us, but time is moving on week by week for our children as well. They are not the same kids as they were back in August when they started the school year. Time stops for no one. Our only hope is that we embrace it, use it wisely, and bask deeply in the moments that surround us.
I hope this month, in the midst of reflection and new year's resolutions, that we think about the spiritual investments that we made into our homes in 2011, and also the spiritual investments that we neglected to make. While writing this, my prayer is our families and homes make deeper, biblical investments into our children this year. May the Bible be our guidebook and influence. May we invest and sow wisely into our kids. May we not take time casually and wake up one day wondering where it went, and why our grown kids now value what they have grown to value.
Grace for the journey...
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