This past weekend, we spent considerable time helping our eldest daughter Ansley clean up and begin the process of moving out of her apartment in Athens, in preparation for helping her move to Savannah for her graduate studies. On top of that, she turned 23 today. Just a few months ago, our younger daughter Kelsey turned 21, and has been steadily “climbing the corporate ladder” in the Sprint network she works for.
Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday that our girls were children- running around the house and yard, playing with dolls and dresses, learning their multiplication tables and spelling words, and going to Vacation Bible School and kids camp in the summer. Time has flown by, way too fast.
We are very proud of both our girls- the strong, independent, compassionate, God-sensitive young women they are growing into. When they are with me, we still laugh, act silly, talk about deeper things, and enjoy each other’s company. And I think I still see them as “daddy’s little girls.” Maybe I always will.
I’m reminded how fleeting time with our children is, before they grow up and go out into the world. I pray regularly and claim that passage in Proverbs 22:6, which promises “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Largely, our parenting days are over. They are building their own lives, and we can only hope and pray we equipped them for life and godliness to the best of our abilities. What are you doing today to make the most of the time you have left with your children?
“Your life is just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” James 4:14
“…make the most of every opportunity.” Colossians 4:5