This past weekend, I took a couple of days to clean and sort through some boxes we had just sat in our basement after our move. Some of these boxes had not been looked in since we moved time before last or maybe longer. Some of these boxes were filled with old clothes and items stored and accumulated from one move to the next. It was a nostalgic time. In fact, I discovered some hidden priceless treasures in those cardboard boxes.
I have heard when people are faced with a disaster such as fire, flood or hurricane, the one thing they always attempt to salvage are their family pictures. I can see why.
That day I spent several hours going through newly discovered pictures that I had stored in boxes long ago: pictures of my now departed Dad, Mom, and Grandparents and of Shari when she was just a baby. I even found some old pictures of Becky and me before we were married. (I was a beautiful baby, by the way) I lived again the historical moments in our lives that had literally been forgotten. It was numbing to look back over all the years and wonder how they passed so quickly.
But, as I looked back in time, the thing that caught my eye was the journey I have traveled with Becky and Shari. They have been God’s special gifts to me. I found report cards (not spectacular) drawings and other art work and could trace Shari’s steps through pictures as they matriculated through the grades and into college, and now as an adult teaching in another state. It happened so quickly.
As I looked at all the photographs, I also felt some sadness. I had not taken the time to enjoy the “Kodak” moments like I should have. Like sands in the hour-glass, those moments are gone forever.
God is gracious and He gives me back some of the years the locust has eaten — but not all of them. My simple advice to you, dads and granddads, moms and grandma’s is to be vigilant, be pro-active and be intentional when it comes to investing your life in the children God has given you. Not that you let them rule the roost, you need to be parents. But you need to spend not just quality time that is a cop out; you need to spend quantity of quality time with your children and even your spouse. If I had it to do over again, I would do a lot of things differently.
So, call your grown kids today, and if you are blessed enough to have parents or grandparents still living call them today — let them know you love them. And, if you still have little ones at home, when they come in this afternoon, give them a little longer hug. Oh, and by the way, when you get around to cleaning out your garage, attic, basement or storage shed, you will most likely find some priceless treasures in your cardboard boxes — and also a lot of junk.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (KJV) 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
“But we have treasures in jars of clay”