I’m in Oklahoma City today. Visiting the youngest. She was in the annual "Spring Sing" at Oklahoma Christian University. A very good program! Of course, I was primarily focused on my daughter’s group. Lots of singing, color, video, movement, and funny lines.
I watched the students last night at Spring Sing. So much energy and life. So many dreams. Yes, there are some who waste their lives while in college and make lifestyle choices that only complicate life and perhaps prolong immaturity. There are far more who really want their lives to count. I continue to be amazed at the number of college students who have their heads on straight and who recognize that God’s vision for this world is much larger than themselves. Some of them seem far more mature than I was at their age.
Meanwhile, today is my oldest daughter’s birthday. She is 24 years old. 24! It is hard for me to believe that she is 24, married, a college graduate and about to have a mortgage. Most importantly, she walks with God. Still, it is difficult to realize that so much time has gone by.
I have been thinking about the next ten years. What will the future hold? Of course, on one level, I have no idea. The future, like all other matters, is in God’s hands. However, I do think it is important to remember that time has a way of slipping by — quickly. When the children are small, one day can seem like a year. Then as they are growing older, one year can seem like a day. All of a sudden, they are grown.
I don’t say all of this to simply be sentimental about my children. Rather, I want to remember that as a Christ-follower, I am living between gratitude and hope. Gratitude for the past and hope for what God has promised me through Jesus for my future. The question is, "How will I live in this in between time?"
- Will I live in profound gratitude for what the Lord has already done in my life?
- Will I live in hope, believing that the best is yet to come?
- Will I live by faith, refusing to believe that my biological age defines my life?
- Will I live in maturity, becoming more like Jesus as the years go by?
- Will I live in authenticity, being forthright about my sins, my failures, my doubts, and the condition of my life?
Bottom line: Will you and will I make the most of our lives on this earth? Or, will you and I coast?