Time Flies: A conversation on enjoying the moment while it is still here!

hourglassYou have heard this before many times: “where has the time gone?”  Indeed. One day you cannot wait for your graduation from high school and suddenly years have past and you have one of your own children in high school. Blink and 20 years pass you as if the markers of years are less mathematical and more like bits of data stored on a hard drive that speeds faster by the moment. It skips parts, retaining grooves from the most painful and most pleasurable snapshots. A scar from a surgery reminds you that a piece of you is gone and never can be put back. Memories triggered by ocean breezes draw out a smile unexpectedly. Mom’s lasagna comforts. The year on your drivers license may be constant, but the future is not. Life has curve balls, even though you know God has allowed you to walk a few bases now and again.

As a parent, the passage of time intensely tastes bitter sweet. Each time I encounter the dimples on a little baby’s knuckles or the chubby feet of a toddler I am undone. The giggles of my little girl and little boy of the past reverberate, but the echo seems both greater in distance and potency.  For instance, I notice how my teen daughter uses those same hands that were dimpled to play a guitar loudly from an amplifier–with a lot of distortion. I observe my son’s once gentle hands destroy aliens with the controller of a video game. He once sucked his thumb.

Its hard to let go. My wife and I both know that the day will come that we will have to release completely the care of our children. Actually, each year we let go as parents whether we like it or not. Baby teeth one day will cease falling out. Those little dimpled hands no longer exist! As soon as you get used to one lovely thing about your child, they grow out of it. This both jars and enchants. Then you are worried about their future as you grieve the passing of time.

Enjoy the moment and the years will take care of themselves. Or, as Jesus puts it, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew  6:34)  While this makes perfect sense, I am slow to learn. Share some ideas. How do you let tomorrow worry about itself?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

12 comments

  1. Rich,Great post – similar to my FreePlay Friday post about Family, and creating traditions and memories – because like you said, these times will be gone before we know it.

  2. Rich,Great post – similar to my FreePlay Friday post about Family, and creating traditions and memories – because like you said, these times will be gone before we know it.

  3. Rich,Great post – similar to my FreePlay Friday post about Family, and creating traditions and memories – because like you said, these times will be gone before we know it.

  4. Rich,Great post – similar to my FreePlay Friday post about Family, and creating traditions and memories – because like you said, these times will be gone before we know it.

  5. I remember when I was in fourth grade, I was sure that I wouldn’t make it out alive, let alone into high school And now I’m finished with college. High school seems a faint memory or dream to me. I’ve been keeping my eyes wide open because I know that if I blink, I’ll find myself in my own apartment, with a wife, and a baby on the way, having missed all the special moments between now and then.
    I remember it was F. Scott Fitzgerald who said that “plot is a strip-tease. You know what’s going to happen at the end. It’s the journey of getting to the end that makes the novel worth reading.”

  6. I remember when I was in fourth grade, I was sure that I wouldn’t make it out alive, let alone into high school And now I’m finished with college. High school seems a faint memory or dream to me. I’ve been keeping my eyes wide open because I know that if I blink, I’ll find myself in my own apartment, with a wife, and a baby on the way, having missed all the special moments between now and then.
    I remember it was F. Scott Fitzgerald who said that “plot is a strip-tease. You know what’s going to happen at the end. It’s the journey of getting to the end that makes the novel worth reading.”

  7. I remember when I was in fourth grade, I was sure that I wouldn’t make it out alive, let alone into high school And now I’m finished with college. High school seems a faint memory or dream to me. I’ve been keeping my eyes wide open because I know that if I blink, I’ll find myself in my own apartment, with a wife, and a baby on the way, having missed all the special moments between now and then.
    I remember it was F. Scott Fitzgerald who said that “plot is a strip-tease. You know what’s going to happen at the end. It’s the journey of getting to the end that makes the novel worth reading.”

  8. I remember when I was in fourth grade, I was sure that I wouldn’t make it out alive, let alone into high school And now I’m finished with college. High school seems a faint memory or dream to me. I’ve been keeping my eyes wide open because I know that if I blink, I’ll find myself in my own apartment, with a wife, and a baby on the way, having missed all the special moments between now and then.
    I remember it was F. Scott Fitzgerald who said that “plot is a strip-tease. You know what’s going to happen at the end. It’s the journey of getting to the end that makes the novel worth reading.”

  9. One idea, since I guess I will go first since it is my blog is this things we do on Saturdays. I have a fancy waffle maker and it is LAW that I make the kids breakfast on the weekend. Period. So, its worth getting flour all over the place.

  10. One idea, since I guess I will go first since it is my blog is this things we do on Saturdays. I have a fancy waffle maker and it is LAW that I make the kids breakfast on the weekend. Period. So, its worth getting flour all over the place.

  11. One idea, since I guess I will go first since it is my blog is this things we do on Saturdays. I have a fancy waffle maker and it is LAW that I make the kids breakfast on the weekend. Period. So, its worth getting flour all over the place.

  12. One idea, since I guess I will go first since it is my blog is this things we do on Saturdays. I have a fancy waffle maker and it is LAW that I make the kids breakfast on the weekend. Period. So, its worth getting flour all over the place.

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