Do you have favorite moments? Are there moments you look forward to and enjoy? Or, are there memories you have of special moments? I’m not talking about Super Bowl moments or once-in-a-lifetime vacation moments. I am referring to moments that may seem ordinary but are actually very special.
Some of my favorite moments?
1. When I come home at the end of a day. I look forward to seeing my wife and then being at home with her. At the end of a busy, stressful day, I like to go home and leave it all behind—or most of it anyway. There is something I enjoy about finally closing the door at the end of a long day.
2. When I get to see my children. Tonight, our oldest daughter, Christine, will fly into Austin from Nashville and stay with us for a few days. Charlotte and I will go to the airport and wait for the first sight of her as she gets off her plane. It will be great! Last weekend, our daughter Jamie came home from Oklahoma City. It was a wonderful weekend as well. I love these moments.
(When my children were small, one of my favorite moments was coming home at the end of the day. I would open the door, step into the house and immediately hear the words, "Daddy, Daddy! Daddy’s home!" as these little bodies would come running across the room.)
3. When I get to enjoy good friends. That may be at lunch. That may be an evening at dinner. It may be seeing long time friends at a wedding in Abilene (last weekend). Or, it may be at someone’s house when we go back to Alabama for Christmas.
4. When I see people who have experienced a tough life wanting to follow Jesus. Last Sunday, I stood before our church and for a moment, I saw many, many people who have really had a tough life. I noticed people who had experienced the following:
- Difficulties with children.
- Financial difficulties.
- Job loss.
I have always had a heart for people who have experienced a difficult time in life and yet who want to follow Jesus. I have always been drawn to people who have made a lot of mistakes in life — people whose life has been spotted with much failure. These people help remind me of how lavish God’s grace really is.
5. When I witness the church acting like the church. Last Sunday, a woman visited our assembly alone. She has not lived in this area very long. Near where she was sitting was another woman who had also come alone. She went to where the other woman was sitting (just before the Lord’s Supper) and sat with her for the remainder of the service. Neither one knew the other. Then, the woman invited this new person to lunch where she met a number of people. All of that meant a great deal to this guest. (She told me yesterday.)
You probably have favorite moments as well. These are a few that mean something to me. For these, I am thankful.
Some of your favorite moments?