Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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It was one of my last nights on my college campus. We weren’t celebrating by getting drunk at some party. We were much more sophisticated.

One of my friends knew how to turn the lights on at the little league baseball fields in town. So at 11:00 at night, I played football with my college buddies on a little league baseball field. Early on in the game something hit me. This was probably the last time that I would ever do something like this.

College kids are supposed to sneak onto baseball fields late at night and play football. But once you graduate, the rules all change. There are real jobs to get up early for. There are bills to pay. I thought about all of those things that night while I dove for passes in the wet grass. This is it. When the sun comes up tomorrow, it’s time to be a grown up.

After that thought, I made it a point to have the most fun I ever had playing football with my friends. That night, I did.

I realized early on that I couldn’t go back. If I really wanted to do the impossible and make the moment last, I had to enjoy the moment while it lasted.

Two decades have passed since then but I’ve learned to live with the same philosophy. There is no pause button. The rewind button is a myth. If you spend all of your time wishing for what was, you’ll miss what is.

There’s not going to be another Wednesday, January 6, 2016. This is the last one. So make it count.

Hug your wife a little harder.

Laugh with your kids a little longer.

Time is a strange and scary thing. It goes by so quickly while simultaneously moving ever so slowly. It’s easy to get fooled by this. We mark our calendars for the start of another weekend. We wish the years away until our kids are able to drive themselves to practice. We long for them to graduate and move out of the house. And then get married. And then get us some grandkids. And then, hopefully, come back to that same house to visit us.

It’s a vicious, ugly cycle.

But there is a better way.

Enjoy the moment. There will be other moments but this one will never happen again. Make it count.

Christmas break is over for most of the country. Kids are finally back in school. Many parents talk about this like a herd of lepers is finally leaving the house. They’re actually glad to not have their own small children around so much. This is tragic.

One day, you will look back on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. You might remember it as just another day or it could be one of your favorite memories. Not because something remarkable happened.

But just because you took the time to enjoy the little moments rather than wishing them away in hopes of some better, more fulfilling milestone.

This is the only Wednesday, January 6, 2016 you’ll ever get.

Make it count.

Enjoy the moment.

[7] Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. [8] Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head.  [9] Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain(1) life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. [10] Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might,(2) for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 (ESV)