Tip 6 | Time is Not a Constant

Trace Adkins sings this beautiful Country Song “You’re gonna miss this”

She was staring out the window of that SUV
Complaining, saying “I can’t wait to turn 18”
She said “I’ll make my own money, and I’ll make my own rules”
Mamma put the car in park out there in front of the school
Then she kissed her head and said “I was just like you”

Before she knows it she’s a brand new bride
In a one-bedroom apartment, and her daddy stops by
He tells her “It’s a nice place” She says “It’ll do for now”
Starts talking about babies and buying a house
Daddy shakes his head and says “Baby, just slow down”

Five years later there’s a plumber workin’ on the water heater
Dog’s barkin’, phone’s ringin’ One kid’s cryin’, one kid’s screamin’
She keeps apologizin’ He says “They don’t bother me.
I’ve got 2 babies of my own. One’s 36, one’s 23.
Huh, it’s hard to believe, but …

You’re gonna miss this — You’re gonna want this back
You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast
These are some good times — So take a good look around
You may not know it now — But you’re gonna miss this

Life is great! Enjoy the present – every little horrible wonderful part of it. Even if your toddler Heather’s canvas is the window and her paint is cream cheese, enjoy it, because “you’re gonna miss this.”

We were living a little apartment in Santa Clara, CA. Jennifer had planted a tiny little veggie garden in a few pots on the 3rd floor patio. One day I went outside and noticed these little plants were a sorry pathetic looking lot that were shriveled and dead. So I went to the grocery store and bought the radishes, onions, and herbs.  I took this store bought produce and carefully planted in the pots. She didn’t notice for a few days, but her reaction was priceless when she discovered how great of a gardener she’d become.

Pranks were a large part of our early marriage – enjoy them. My awesome wife is now a champion gardener no thanks to me or Safeway. The old cold water in the shower trick migrated from turn off the hot water tank to cups of cold water given in Jesus name over the shower curtain, to finally five gallon buckets. “You’re gonna miss this”.

One April fool’s day, we carefully rubbed clear Oral-gel on the rims of our girl’s glasses only to sit there trying to not laugh as they complained about how numb their lips were. “Muh lipss ruh numb.” “We’re gonna miss that.

We also fed our girls Oreo cookies with the crème taken out and replaced with Denture adhesive. Charity ate about five before she couldn’t really chew anymore. Good times. We put Ben-Gay on the toilet seat and we laughed so hard as Katelyn stated “my bum is really hot.”

As you get older time will seem to go faster. A day will seem like an hour, a month like a week. You meet an old friend and then realize you haven’t seen each other in a decade.

Cherish each day while living for eternity. Every stage of life has a wonder all its own.

Enjoy each stage. Life is fast enough as it is. Resist the temptation to dream about how wonderful life would be if only… Your life is wonderful so enjoy it.

For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14