Last night, we drove to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to be with Christine (our older daughter) and Phillip. We plan to spend a few days with them.
Christmas happened, and it was great! Family. Friends. Lots of food. The football game — the uncles versus the nieces and nephews. Well, we did borrow a niece and nephew for our team. Seeing young children who have grown. Seeing older relatives who have aged.
I enjoy going to Florence (Alabama) each year. My wife is from there. Our children were born there. Our family lived there almost eight years (when our children were very small). Some of the most important and defining years of my ministry were spent there.
Christmas this year reminded me that life is happening RIGHT NOW.
Some people, on the other hand, seem to think that life is what happened in the past. They refer to the past as if that was the time that real life happened. Some parents show little, if any, interest in their adult children’s present lives. However, they are ready to relive their high school senior play ("Remember, you had the lead role!") or a high school football game. The problem is not their interest in the past. The problem is that they see the past as the time when life happened.
There are other people who get lost in what they hope for the future. For these people, life is not what is happening now. Life is what will happen "someday."
- "One day, we are going to have a lot of money."
- "One day, we will have plenty of time to spend together."
- "One day, we will travel and go wherever we want to go."
- "One day, we will be able to slow down and really spend some great time with our kids."
- "One day, we will do all the things we’ve talked about wanting to do."
One day …
Meanwhile, life is what is happening right now.
So, I want to open my eyes, take a deep breath, and live today. Life is not wishing we could go back. Life is not waiting for everything to finally come together. Life is happening today.