We are RIGHT in the middle of the biggest holiday season of the year, and I wanted to share something new that is on my heart and mind this year more than others.
TIME IS SHORT.
It seems to fly by these days. But one major way I see it, is that my parents are getting older. I still rely on my parents for advice and wisdom. I trust them more than anyone else on planet earth (aside from my spouse).
But. They are still getting older and time is short.
It wasn’t that long ago that as a little girl I was SO excited to make cookies for Santa and would dress up in my best dress for our church’s candlelight service on Christmas Eve.
And here I am at thirty years old recognizing the brevity of the life we have.
The holidays, from Halloween to New Years, is magical. But it’s also painful for so many people.
Pain from loss, pain from finances, pain from health problems, pain from change, pain from not being where you imagined you would be at this stage of life.
But in that pain, time is short. We can hold onto the hope of seasons passing and changing and still press into the good things that offset the painful ones in the season we find ourselves.
My “exhortation” (a very old school word in some ways) is to:
- Live in the moment.
- Don’t take anything good in your life now for granted.
- Be good to your family and friends and sensitive to those who are struggling now.
- Write down good memories in your journal and take lots of photos of your family and friends.
Time is short, but we can seize the good things and good parts of our day and lives, letting go of the bad. And time is short, so if we are in a painful season, we know it won’t last and we will be able to breathe again soon.