When we are young, we plan for days, weeks, months and years in the future. These plans and our related anticipation keeps changing. The process keeps shifting. Each year or decade we tend to do more looking back. It would be great if we look back at the end of each day or year with a feeling of total satisfaction.
People sometimes ask us how long we have been doing something. They also may ask how long we plan to keep on doing something. The answer certainly changes with time and age. Two elderly men who walk at the Maplewood Mall some mornings are 90 and 96 years old. I wonder sometimes how they viewed the future when they retired.
We go to school for a purpose. From kindergarten to high school to college or trade school to graduate school, all are preparation for the future. Life is really one continuous school of learning and practice. We have all heard stories about turning a new page. This can be in any area of life. They can be like a new or different person after that.
On Saturday, Aug. 2, we started the second warmest month of the year on average. The warmest and third warmest are behind us. Weather conditions have an affect on our activities and behavior. Sunshine and rain certainly have a significant affect on baseball players. Farmers and lawn service workers are in a different situation than office or factory workers.
When we make something, we should know how to use it. If we believe that God created heaven and earth, we should accept His instructions for living on earth. Fortunately, He gave us a detailed guidebook on how to live. This includes lists of both dos and don’ts.
Many responsibilities can be like quicksand. They are easy to get involved in but difficult to leave behind. Any person who is willing to be helpful will likely experience that phenomena. How do we disengage when we get old? The following are a few personal examples.
Some people certainly have better memories than do others. Norma and I have been doing care center visitation and volunteering for many years. The age and rate of memory loss can vary tremendously. We have a very dear friend named Larry who is 93 years old. Physically he needs an assistant along with his walker to go any place. We talk about things we did together 40 years ago. He remembers the details and even why we did them.
School is out and students are generally doing something quite different. This can be either a time of pain or pleasure for the family. With a little planning, hopefully, the family can have some quality time together. Obviously no two families are exactly alike.
The most quoted and prayed prayer in all of Christendom is likely the model prayer that Christ gave His disciples. We call it “The Lord’s Prayer.” Perhaps we should call it the disciples prayer. He taught us as His disciples to pray that prayer.
There is an old hymn that states that yesterday is gone and tomorrow may not come. It may have been many years since we last heard it. The truth of it never changes — make the most of today. Occasionally, we meet people who think mostly about the past or the future. Certainly our past failures and victories can help us today. Likewise what we do today can have a significant affect for our future.