Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mom! It Doesn't Last Long!

Hey Everybody,

The other day I was sitting in Chick-fil-a, waiting for Danya to get off work, and I was watching a mom enjoying a late lunch with her daughter, who must have been about 7 or 8 years old. Oh my, that little girl was precious! With great big eyes, she was telling her momma all about her day. Her mother was probably tired, like we all are at times, and she listened to her daughter, but she seemed so distant--just kind of zoned out! I wanted so badly to go up to her and say, "Hey Mom! It doesn't last long! She is going to grow up so fast! Enjoy her. Embrace every moment. Wake up to what you are going to miss!" But I didn't. Instead, I sat there watching that little girl, watching my big girl, and wondering how the time has gone by so very quickly.

Fast forward to later that same evening. This time I was at my boys' basketball games, sitting with my mother and dad. A lady whom I did not know came up to me at halftime and asked, "Is this your daddy?" She nodded toward my dad, who was sitting on my right. I told her yes, and then she began to tell me, with tears in her eyes, that she had enjoyed watching us throughout the game.

She asked, "Are you a daddy's girl?" I assured her that yes, I am. Then she began to tell me about her own daddy, and how she had loved him so, and how he had passed away three years ago. She reminded me to enjoy my dad, and to embrace every moment with my folks.

The circle of life, wouldn't you say?

We can get so caught up in the busyness of everyday life that sometime what is truly important gets overlooked. It is all about people. It is about family and relationships. And it is about realizing what we often forget: This world is temporary. It doesn't last long. Children grow up. Loved ones pass away. And at the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is whether or not we are connected to Christ and if we are connecting others to Him. Because that is the only thing that will last. Love on the ones you hold dear, and love on the Lord who holds you.

Just food for thought today, y'all. Thanks for reading!



My ADHD Me said...

Oh my. I don't know who to run and hug first. My boys or my dad.

This was one of those posts that hit home. I loved it!

Kris @ WUHS and Eclipsed said...

Wow! I often think about how quickly time is passing by with my kids, but I never thought of it in the perspective of embracing the moment with my parents while I can. Thanks for the reminder.

Charity said...

awww... thanks for making me think! Time goes so fast...

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