With back to school being around the corner I find myself thinking ahead. Oh my gosh, where does time go? Seems like yesterday I was holding my newborn babies and then I blinked and today I have an almost 10-year-old and an almost 9-year-old. These thoughts ran through my mind all day, and as I spoke with parents at “Meet the Teacher” night, I realized most of them felt the same.
Last night I started feeling pretty nostalgic, just thinking about how fast my kids are growing up. I mentioned to my son “I can’t believe you’ll be in Middle School next year!” His response was “Really mom? Slow down, I haven’t even started fourth grade.”
I do this a lot. I worry so much about the season to come, that I don’t stop to enjoy and delight in the one I am presently in.
I love this quote by C.S. Lewis:
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”
This is so true.
I remember when my kids were smaller I would always think:
“I can’t wait until they start talking. I can’t wait until they start walking. I can’t wait until they start school.”
Now I look back and it seems like the moments have just passed me by.
It seems like we are always looking to see what’s next. Not that planning and thinking ahead for a future is bad, but worrying so much about the future can rob us of our present joy.
I caught myself telling a friend yesterday. “Boy, time flies”
Time flies because we let it. Moments pass us by because we don’t savor them. Seasons seem to come and go so fast because we don’t enjoy them.
Are we worrying so much about what’s next that we are missing out on the most important moments in our season? Your season might be different compared to someone else. But God put you in this season for a reason and a purpose.
Are we making the most out of every moment we’re in?
Our kids will never be this age again.WE will never be this age again. We can never get a moment back.
And even when this season just seems to be going all wrong, are we learning from it?
I will give thanks in the season when my kids decide to drive me crazy.
I will rejoice in the season when I have to stay up late doing homework.
I will delight in the season when I feel like everything’s going wrong.
I will enjoy every single moment this season has to offer.
One day when my kids are grown up, I will miss them driving me crazy. One day when I finish school, I will appreciate it that much more. One day I will remember my difficult season and it will make me that much more grateful.
I’m deciding to realize just how important every single moment is. I am deciding to never let another one pass me by. I choose to make the most out of every season, and to remember that “this too shall pass”.
“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever. So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” – 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 ❤
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 ❤