Life is funny sometimes. One day you are 20 something and the next day, your son is 25, your little girl is 23 and you run smack dab into 50! You stop, look around and say.. I cannot be 50! No way, now how! I was just in high school. I just got married! But there is the proof staring you in the face 23 & 25… 50!
But isn’t it what I wanted? I mean, when I was little I couldn’t wait to get to kindergarten, then junior high where the big kids were, then came high school, then driving, then prom, then graduation, then college.. marriage…kids.. then it was the kids.. if they could only walk! If they were in school life would be easier.. if they could drive.. if they were graduating.. then uh oh .. they are off to college or living on their own.. then they are 25 & 23 and I’m 50! What did I do? Where did the time go? I wished my life away! What was I thinking?? I can wait!
Psalms 90: Our life passes like a sigh and the years of our lives are 70 and if we are strong 80. So, in reality, my life is 2/3 over. I spent 2/3 of my life wishing for tomorrow. But it is so easy to do. We do it all the time.. think about it like this.. How many of you like to read? I love to read… We find a good book, we can’t put it down. We read it every spare moment and if its really good.. we flip to the end to see what happens just to relieve some of the anxiety.. then we finish reading it.. I can read a good book in a matter of days.. but suddenly that book ends.. it’s over.. maybe it’s a series and it’s the end of the series.. but you are not ready for that book to end.. like Harry Potter.. you know.. Harry and Jen and Hermione and Ron grow up.. get married and have kids.. and the last part of the book is them sending their kids off on the train to Hogwarts.. but okay! What happens next? It can’t be over? I’m not ready for it to end.
Our life is like a book. As the days go by we are turning the pages.. we are writing our story. What kind of story are we writing? Are we writing a story that others would want to read. When we are grown and become mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters in Christ, God gives us a commandment does he not? He tells us to teach the little children. Proverbs 22:6 tells us: Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Ephesians 6:4 tells us: bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Is this something we have done or doing. In our busy lives, are we remembering to teach our children? Grandchildren? I can remember being in class every Sunday morning and Wednesday night. I remember bringing my children even as babies so that Miss Armeda could begin teaching them in the nursery class. Their first song was Jesus Loves Me! As I look back, I, my parents, my Aunt Joan.. my Sisters in Christ we did what we were supposed to do.. with my children.. they were raised in the way they should go.. they were raised and trained to love and fear the Lord. I can’t make them remain faithful, just as you can’t. But I did my job for that chapter of their life and mine. Our children are writing their own stories, just as we are writing ours.
Have you ever read “The Monster At The End of This Book?” As a child, I loved that book. I can remember making my parents read it to me and then I read it to my brother and sister. But it wasn’t until recently that I realized the true lesson in this book. This simple childhood book from Sesame Street has a valuable lesson for us:
Every book comes to an end. What is at the end of that book can be very scary like a monster or it can be a comforting presence like the arms of a parent comforting you. How our book ends is totally in our hands.
We have spent our lives writing this book, I have just started chapter 50, some of you are on chapter 3, chapter 15, chapter 23, chapter 80, and chapter 89 or 90. The funny thing about books, is that sometimes they end before we are ready, before we feel that chapter in our lives is truly complete, so we have to live each chapter like we may not get another one. James tells us in Chapter 4: 13-15 that we can make all the plans we want but we do not know that we will be here to accomplish them. Life is short and our time to die is unknown to us. Some live long healthy lives while others are taken from their loved ones too early, with their stories not complete.
Swiftly we’re turning life’s daily pages, Swiftly the hours are changing to years;
How are we using God’s golden moments?
Shall we reap glory?
Shall we reap tears?
Slow down. Enjoy every moment. For young people it’s hard, we know that, but you can never get these years back. Enjoy your years and live every moment like you may not get a chance to write another chapter of your book but do it in such a way that you know that at the end of your book is the comforting arms of our Lord. Young mothers raise your children to know God and the Bible. Give them that foundation that they need. You are helping them to write their chapters, just as you are writing your own.
You know, a few months ago, Chelsey gave me the greatest compliment she could ever give me. We were having a typical mother – adult daughter spat and she said to me “you’re the one trying to live holy.” Do you know, the argument stopped right there. I looked at her and said, thank you. Unknowingly, she gave me the biggest compliment, without meaning or wanting to. She proved to me that even at 23 she still watches me, she still looks to me as a way to behave and act. She saw that through my actions I was TRYING to live right. So mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters: our children watching us.
I want to thank all of you for spending your evening with us and for giving me a chance to speak with you today. I would like to leave you with one parting thought. Every book ends but how that book ends is only up to the person who wrote it. How is your book going to end? Is the “monster” at the end of your book, Jesus saying “depart from me, I know thee not.” Or can you write, just as Paul did in Timothy: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith and there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.” And as that last page is turned, will Jesus be there saying” Well done, my good and faithful servant” “enter into the kingdom of heaven”.
Thank you and may you all have a blessed Mother’s Day.