Last night my husband was looking for a video of our house, because we plan to take up a minor remodeling project and he wanted to “see behind the walls” — the video was taken when our house was just being built.
But the video happened to be on the same tape as some old home videos of our family from over fifteen years ago. So we watched some of it, marveling over our kids and how different life seemed back then.
Afterward, I mentioned that we’re not taking as many videos anymore, and my husband reminded me we were more motivated to record things when the kids were little. They changed so much, seemingly overnight. These days no one is changing much any more.
I agreed, although I did see the subtle changes of age that claimed the best of both of us during the last dozen or more years. When does “old” start? Fifty? Thirty-five? Or even twenty-five, after a final graduation from whatever schooling we take? Or perhaps “old” starts when life begins distributing its disappointments to you or to someone you love. I once heard the definition of old is ten years older than your current age.
Whenever old starts, the sad truth is that most of our life is spent being old — or at least not young, when we possess the freedom that comes with the best health, the most energy, and the sharpest capacity for learning. Maybe that’s the way to stay young, to take care of our health, do all we can to stay energetic, and never ever stop learning.
Here we are in the middle of the Holiest season of the year, the time when we reflect on God Himself taking on human flesh so He could provide a way for us to spend eternity with Him. I shouldn’t be talking about getting old! Perhaps we need a reminder, though, to see how precious the years are, especially when they seem to pass quicker than ever. Am I the only one who feels like last Christmas wasn’t all that long ago? If it seems like this year is evaporating in a flash, especially if you have a number of years behind you, take a moment to praise our God Who is the Creator of time itself!
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