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Categories: Léo’s Insights 2022-2023, Reflections
Life is full of surprises, and not all of them are positive. Although there may be many things that can get our attention, nothing sneaks up on us like time. Everyone has heard older folks say that time goes by fast, but who really believes them, unless of course, you are one of the older ones!
Children have a very limited concept of time, while teens seem to be locked in their own immediate time capsule. While in the twenties, most can only see time as far as the next weekend, and the thirties come with so many responsibilities that time is often blurred. The next thing you know, you are in your forties when your own children reawaken your time consciousness as they embark on creating their own timeline.
Fifty years of living marks the crest of life’s hill, if reaching one hundred years of age is doable. Usually, by this time, children are married and grandchildren become part of your life. However, the freedom of the empty nest leads to the sixties when the countdown to timelessness starts to take serious effect, as more individuals from your cohort move onto eternal destinations. The seventies and beyond bring time for greater reflection on life and living, should that be your nature.
The passage of time certainly changes one’s perspective on life. Increasing in age comes with more opportunity for surprises, many of which will be negative. Failing to learn from those experiences is to miss opportunity for growth. Growing in age should therefore mean growing in wisdom, and wisdom is only obtained when balancing life with faith.
Reflecting on my life, I have come to appreciate the saying on a sticker given to me over thirty years ago as a house warming gift. It says, “I’ve survived damn near everything”. I suppose that was true back then, but it is even more true today as I have had an additional thirty years for “things” to happen. Indeed, lots has happened, ranging from the very good to the extremely bad. Miraculously and thanks to God, I am still here to share the lessons I’ve learned through those experiences.
The Lesson (John 14:6)
Unless you have a solid foundation upon which to build your life, time’s negative missiles will knock your house down. Build your house (life) upon the solid foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. He knows how the temporal years on this earth can be and how to best prepare for the ultimate eternal.
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