How Quickly our Tomorrows become our Yesterday
Solomon, one of the wisest men to ever live reminds us that there is a time and a season for everything. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
When my five children were young I would say, “This soon shall pass” or “They will grow out of this soon.” The long nights of no sleep and long days of trying to earn a living pressed hard on me as I am sure it presses hard on others. I often found myself looking toward tomorrow instead of seizing the day.
But now, standing on the other side of babies and children, my tomorrows have become my yesterday.
Yesterday I excitingly told my friends we were having a baby (or two).
Yesterday I stood at the bedside and watched my wife deliver our sons and daughter.
Yesterday I remember their first smile and heard their first words, (“Da, Da” of course).
Yesterday I remember them singing in the preschool choir.
Yesterday I remember them saying their first Bible verse.
Yesterday I watched them get on the school bus for the first time.
Yesterday I coached their baseball, basketball, soccer, and football teams.
Yesterday I watched them go to the prom and graduate from high school.
Yesterday I left them on the front steps of their college residences.
Yesterday the last of five graduated from college.
Yesterday I stood in front of my baby girl performing her wedding ceremony.
You see how quickly tomorrows become yesterday. Standing on the tomorrow side of yesterday, allow me to give you some practical fatherly advice:
1. Cherish every day
2. Make memories that will last a lifetime
3. Show and tell your spouse and children that you love them every day
4. Model Christlikeness
5. Remember that it takes a tribe to raise a child
6. Enjoy the Journey!
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NASB)