It’s been two months already since my last birthday, and I wonder how I ever became forty-something when I still feel like twenty-something. Well almost, except for maybe the extra lines on my face, veins on my legs, aches in my back, fat on my hips…okay so some things have changed a little.
It’s not that I mind getting older. It’s just that sometimes I look back and wonder what happened to the last 365 days and what have I done with them besides eat too much and sleep too little? Time seems to move much faster the closer I get to the finish line, and I just want to pause the moments and savor them knowing that all too soon they will become my history.
I’ve discovered that getting older is much easier when I feel like I’m investing in what brings me a sense of purpose rather than chasing fleeting moments of happiness. It’s somehow easier to accept the passage of time if we know we are leaving behind a legacy rather than a string of meaningless activities.
So how do we do that? While I can’t say I’ve figured it all out, I do know God gives us timeless advice to ensure that each day that passes becomes part of a beautiful story instead of just a check mark on the calendar.
Making Each Day Matter:
- Ask God what His plans are first instead of after we’ve botched up our own, knowing that He has “plans to prosper [us] and not to harm [us]…” (Jer 29:11 NIV). I’ll take His plan over mine any time.
- Strive “to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).Oh that I could make the days count instead of just count the days!
- Learn to be fruitful instead of just busy. Jesus said “I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain” (John 15:16). Being busy is just activity; being fruitful is sewing into what will “remain” after we are gone. Sometimes for me that means spending my time sharing a dress-up day with my little girls over shopping for the latest fads. The clothes wear out, but the memories never will.
- Waste no time worrying about wrinkles and gray hair realizing that while our bodies are temporary, our spirits are eternal. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16). Our society may place too little value on the aged, but God doesn’t. He not only honors the elders but places a call on us to teach those behind us.
So, I have another year behind me and another year racing past. I don’t know what tomorrow holds. But I have today. I won’t waste it looking back with tears, longing for what no longer is. Nor will I look ahead with doubt or fear and be robbed of this moment that will never come again. Instead I will try each day to appreciate this blink in time and to live it to the fullest so that I can declare with sincerity, “This is the day the Lord has made. [I] will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps 118:24).
May you, dear mamas, enjoy meaningful moments that become meaningful days that become a rich and meaningful life.