Sure, this isn’t a character quality. But it is the truth. Yesterday, I attended my son’s 1st grade awards program at school and today, I attended my daughter’s Kindergarten Graduation. Next year, we will sit in those very seats to watch our youngest in that same position about to become a 1st grader. Time is flying by!
But truth be told, don’t we often wish for time to speed up? We do, we don’t like to admit it, but we do. I admit that when my children were babies, I couldn’t wait to feed them their first “solid” food. I couldn’t wait to hear their first words, hear what their voices would actually sound like. We get excited to see them crawl, walk, make friends, go to school…And then we’re like “WAIT! Wasn’t I just feeding you your first solid food?” Sure, we get excited about these milestones because they are evidence that our children are progressing normally and are actually becoming who we hoped they’d be when we the pregnancy test was positive. But, when we allow ourselves the deep emotion that comes along with things like first days of school and then watching them progress from grade to grade, going to their first over-nights away from home, we shed a tear! And we should. As well as patting ourselves on the back for making it this far. So, in reality, I do have moments feeling like I wish time would slow down, but most days, I am happy to see them come, make the most of them and then wake up praising God for another day. There’s something productive about the idea of looking ahead wondering what we’ll be saying when we are preparing for our children’s proms and graduation parties. Let us be mindful of the way we spend our days now while our children are formidable and interested in our opinions and our teaching.
Proverbs 22:6 says, Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Let us be mindful of the “way they should go”.