Over this past year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the passing of time. Maybe it’s because my next birthday will be a “big” one; maybe it’s because almost a year ago my mom died and now both of my parents are gone; maybe it’s because this past summer Steve and I attended our 40th high school class reunion; maybe it’s because our oldest child turned 35 on her last birthday and our youngest just turned 26; or maybe it’s simply because time is passing!
A few days ago I was asked to write a short blurb about myself for our company’s Facebook page. The company, Gritters Electric, was founded by my parents in 1972. When my dad retired in 1999, my brother and sister-in-law, Dave and Cindy Gritters, took over the reins. Now, after 20 years of ownership, Dave and Cindy sold it to a fellow employee and his wife. The new owners, Mark and Sara, wanted to spotlight the employees on the company’s Facebook page and decided to start with me.
As I typed up the Facebook post, checking dates and details, I was sort of amused to think that I’ve worked at Gritters Electric for 34 years — and I never really intended to! I started out helping my mom with the bookkeeping and just never quit! Where did the years go?
As I thought of the relentless passing of time, a verse of the familiar hymn by Isaac Waats, O God Our Help in Ages Past, came to mind.
Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away; they fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.
Time is an ever-rolling stream and it seems to flow faster the older I get! I find it interesting that my word for the year is FORWARD. It’s tempting to get stuck in the past — to remember the “good old days,” to live in the memories of how things were, to grieve and gripe about the changes that come. Living on this side of heaven, however, we’re told to look forward. Even though this life is all we know (and sometimes it’s actually quite comfortable), this earth is not our home!
Yet how we live our life today matters. It’s OK to look in the past, fondly remembering good times, as well as recognizing where we’ve changed and grown. And it’s encouraging to look forward, eagerly anticipating the perfection of Paradise. But we don’t want to miss what God has for us in the present.
We’ve been placed here—today—for a reason and a purpose that we, alone, are uniquely equipped to fill.
As co-heirs of Christ—and as the body of Christ here on earth—our Father tells us, “what’s Mine is yours.” What is He offering you today? What opportunities does He have for you? What assignment is He entrusting you with? Who does He want you to love today?
The apostle Paul recognized that nothing was more important than sharing the good news of God’s grace with others. His words to the church leaders in Ephesus sum it up well. “My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the good news about the wonderful grace of God” (Acts 20:24, NLT).
Day by day we are being carried along by the streams of time, rolling relentlessly towards our final breath. May we make TODAY count as we experience—and share—God’s grace and love.