As I watched my youngest interact with her junior high friends after her school play, I thought about you… It’s been a while hasn’t it? Yet I remember you like it was just yesterday. Like my daughter and all her classmates, we are different, unique all unto ourselves. We have different personalities, strengths, and weaknesses, but we have much in common don’t we?
The people who cross paths or share our paths in life I don’t believe are coincidental. There are no accidents. Having spent time together, even if we didn’t always agree with each other, gives us a lifelong bond. Sure, we could get on each other’s nerves, but we were learning how to make our way in life.
Since each day is new to us and we’ve never lived this specific part of our lives every day, week, month, year, and even decades before, we’re still learning, just maybe not in the exact same way now. I’d reconnected with some people from my past, but seeing my daughter build memories and bonds that she doesn’t even know will be part of her life forever prompted me to reach out a little more to the ones I’ve shared part of my life with.
I’ve made wrong choices, taken the wrong paths in life, blazed some of my own paths, thinking more of myself than was reasonable and prudent, and still with wisdom from time, am still prone to make mistakes. No one likes to think of their shortcomings or ignorance; that’s probably why I’ve avoided you. Our past reminds us of our weaknesses… and mine are so numerous, I can’t count them all… They never taught me to count that high in school…
As much as I regret the numerous mistakes, wrong choices, or lack of self-control, they are part of who I am… That self-serving journey has been used to bring me to where I am now. I’m no King Solomon, I don’t have it all figured out, but no one walking this earth does.
On my journey through life this far, I have figured out a few things; the feeding of the desire of our flesh or senses is an impossible task. It can never be full or satisfied, the more we get the more we want. The only true peace and joy I’ve found in life comes from the hand of God. When we get out of the way of ourselves and really look at the world and everyone in it, we see the truth of His majesty. The earth declares His glory and sovereignty.
I’ve also learned that at the root of every single problem on this earth the common denominator is the love of self or selfishness. No true peace, joy, or miracle of transformation can occur if we put ourselves above all else. I used to do that… You know – you were there… we were all there… just some of us more than others.
The bond we have in common of a life shared is a blessing for me. I regret the mistakes, but I cherish the wisdom. Fast approaching the fifth decade, I remember many of you from the first one. We thought we were different, we thought we were special didn’t we?
Come to find out, the world and time taught us otherwise… but that was a lie – we are different – we are special. God chose us for our specific tasks, at specific times, for specific reasons – even beyond what we can imagine, despite mistakes along the way.
Of all the souls that inhabit the earth… God has brought us to where we are, here and now.
I just wanted you to know…
I’m thinking of you today.