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growing, growing, they'll be gone...

as i sit and listen to the braves tonight i realize, often actually, i am an amazingly blessed man...

today we celebrated my son's 12th birthday - last year in the tweener or pre-teen years - yes, i know what comes next, no i'm not in a hurry to get there. it was a great day for us as a family...it also happens to be the day before school for both my son and daughter - man, where does the time go? as i sat in chick-fil-a at beechwood today, i had a window seat facing toward st. mary's hospital - then a very surreal moment occurred as i looked at my son, looked out the window toward the hospital and realized that 12 years ago, almost to the minute, he came into the world and our world was forever changed...my prayer is that we raise him to change his world as a man of God...

so, tomorrow school starts - the time flies, the days quickly fade into years and the moments only become memories...

in case anyone's wondering, yes, my family is my first ministry responsibility and my first life responsibility...i make no bones about it - if i loose my family, i've lost! - that's not an option for me - nor should it be for you - dads & moms, don't settle for time passing and not redeeming it along the way...it's what God has called you to!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay best bro-in-law ever, you made me cry with this one. If you haven't heard the new Steven Curtis Chapman song called "Cinderellla" you should. Jason had heard it a couple of months ago as a preview on The Fish. We found it on myspace today and we both just sat here and cried. Time does go by fast. Very fast to be exact. And by the way, thanks for putting your family first. I believe that God intended it that way. Love you!
~Sandy~

Debbie said...

Powerful words and so appreciate them. It's so easy to lose sight and get caught up in all those other things that vie for our attention 24/7 but time flies so quickly. Kristin just turned 21 and in my book, she should be about 7. I pray God would find me faithful as His steward of the precious lives He has entrusted to us.