Wait a minute. You mean it’s already February 2020? Where did the time go? I can only speak
from personal experience here, but the older I get (hey, I’m over 40 now!), the more time flies.
Summer used to last forever. Spring break seemed like it was a month long. Two whole weeks at Christmas seemed like an eternity. But, now, blink your eyes, and that time is just gone. This year, the kids had THREE full weeks out at Christmas. To them, I’m sure it felt like they wouldn’t ever go back to school, but, to me, it seemed like just a few days. Of course, I know I’m not the only one who’s had this experience with time seeming to speed up as we get older. I once came across a poem that went like this:
When as a child I laughed and wept, time crept.
When as a youth I dreamed and talked, time walked.
When I became a full grown man, time ran.
When older still I daily grew, time flew.
Soon, I shall find in traveling on, time gone.
No one knows who wrote this particular version, but it was based on a poem written by Henry
Twells and published in 1901. Somehow, I don’t think Twells was the first person to feel this
way. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any remedy that will cause time to slow back down. If you happen to know of one, please let me know! For most of us, time flies. And, once that time is gone, we can’t get it back. So, here’s what I urge you to do: since time flies, focus on the things that matter most in life. And, as a mentor of mine said, the most important things in life aren’t things. The most important things in life are relationships: our relationship with God and our relationships with other people. Throughout the month of February, I’m going to be preaching on the importance of devoting time and energy toward building and maintaining relationships.
Until next time, I love y’all, and I love being your pastor!