There are times or events that make us pause and reflect on where we are in our life. These moments are markers or milestones in our lives that provide places for us to evaluate where we’ve come from, where we are and where we are going. It’s interesting where these milestone occur for us. Many of these milestones-markers come in different event form – birthdays, graduations, injuries/illness, births, deaths, etc.
2016 has been one of those years for me with the weddings of two of my daughters. Yes, that is correct – TWO weddings! As we get ready for the second of those weddings this week, I have been reflecting a lot about my daughter. From her birth to growing up and times as a small child, through the middle school, junior high, high school and college years and now as a working professional. All the soccer games, birthday parties, school plays, family camping and fishing trips, etc. And, where am I on this development course in my life and career at this moment.
It’s like watching a movie on ‘fast-forward’.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the funeral of a good friend of mine. He was 43 years old. As I sat through his service, I was thoroughly impressed with all he was able to accomplish in his short time here on earth. -Wonderful family, impressive career and friends. He had an impact on his community and on his family, and others spiritually, too. As I looked around the packed church, (folks were even standing around the walls), I was impressed with the impact this quiet, gentle guy had made. As the service ended, they played a video of him singing to one of his small children to sleep. –Knocked me for a loop. I left reflecting on his life and mine, asking myself what will my family, friends, and others say about me, or more importantly, what will God have to say about my life and work?
One of those significant moments – markers in time.
As I consider this week before my daughter’s wedding and all the memories that come flooding to me, I think about her growing up and becoming a young woman who will marry a fine young man that loves her. I am so very proud of her!
I take this time to reflect on my life again, and take inventory.
It’s good for us all to pause in this fast-paced life and reflect on what is really important and what will really matter in the end, not to mention where we’re going.
Where are you going?