Time flies when you are having fun.
That is how the saying goes, but it’s a lie! Time flies regardless of whether you are having fun or not. Think about it. Today is almost the halfway point through 2016. Have you accomplished all you expected by mid-year? Does it seem possible that it in 6 months Christmas will be here? I realize that a lot has happened in the past 25 years of my life. In fact, 25 years ago I became a father. I had no idea what that meant, but I do now. How is it possible that my baby boy is 25 years old? A quarter century? On this day 25 years ago I was struck with the amazing responsibility of raising a young man to love the Lord, make an impact on the kingdom and be a positive influence on society. It also became my responsibility to teach him what it would mean to be a man and how that would play into the role of husband and father. When I was just a mere 25 year old, God placed that charge on my life.
Fast forward and that little boy, born 25 years ago today, is now a young man. It seems like yesterday we were playing whiffle ball in the backyard, tubing on the lake, snowmobiling on the lakes of MN and boogie boarding on the Gulf of Mexico. We spent countless hours playing and working on my “20 minute” (2 hour long) projects. Today, my son is a man but the last 25 years feel like a whirlwind. You don’t get that time back. It’s not like I want to relive the last 25 years but I would change a few things. I would worry less about cars and houses and spend more time exploring with my son. I would spend less time working to buy senseless cars and houses and more time cherishing the simple moments of raising my son. I would spend more time memorizing scripture with him and telling him of my Lord Jesus instead of watching “Dukes of Hazzard and Star Trek”. However, I don’t live with regret because I lived transparently with my son.
He knows the stupid that I have done and I have asked forgiveness when needed.
He loves the Lord today and is married to an amazing wife, who also shares this same birthday. Congratulations Joshua and Happy 25th Birthday. A life well lived these first 25 years. Slow down, learn from my mistakes and smell every rose that the Lord places in your path. Time flies son. Don’t CLICK away those boring moments, cherish them. In 25 years, you will be 50 and I, 75. Let’s spend more of it together, focused on eternity and less on NASCAR. I am proud of you and all the lessons I have learned from you. I am so glad that despite my example you are a follower of Jesus!
Time flies – catch it in a net!
About the Author, Jim Brangenberg
Jim's Mission: To transform Christian-run businesses through mentoring Christian Business Owners (CBOs) by incorporating the servant leadership of Jesus Christ in their businesses, their home life and their walk with Christ.