One year ago this week, Ken and I received the news that we were chosen to go to the Holy Land with a group of pilgrims. As excited as we were, we had no idea how life changing that trip would be. To see the places about which we’ve only read or heard, to walk in the footsteps of our Lord, to stand on the shores of the Jordan River and inside the tomb of the Holy Sepulcher were things that we never imagined being able to do. To top it all off, we made new friends, some of whom have become among the closest friends we have. It’s amazing to me, when I look back over the course of this past year, that one year ago, I had never been to Mount Tabor. I had never looked down at the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. I didn’t know George or Tammi or either Anne. I had never met Bianca or Mary Ann or either Michelle. How different my life was just a year ago. And that got me thinking…
How different are all of our lives from just a year ago? In the past twelve months, I’ve attended graduations, weddings, christenings, and funerals. I’ve seen my girls go from being just “in high school and college” to being Seniors about to graduate and move on. I’ve traveled to new places and returned to old favorites. In June, I published my third novel, and within a few weeks, I will be publishing another.
As the song asks, “how do you measure a year?” Three-hundred-and-sixty-five days. That’s how we think about a year: a long, drawn out collection of days. But 365 is a small number that is gone in the blink of an eye. It sounds like a lot – five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes. But in less than a year, a baby is conceived and then born, a wedding is planned, a school year is completed and another started, a fine wine ages, a house is built and occupied. And we look back and say, “where did the year go?” How does time get away from us so easily?
So as you begin to think about your New Year’s Resolutions, think about the past as well. Think about all that you did in the past year, the people you met, the places you visited, the things you accomplished. And think about the minutes that got away from you, the tasks left unfinished, the goals left unmet. Don’t think of the future as long and drawn out. Think of it as short and fleeting. Make the most of every day, every minute. There’s much to be seen in the world, many new people to meet, and a lot to be accomplished. And the reality is, there is never enough time in which to do it. But there is enough time to enjoy life. I urge you to start today.
Amy Schisler is an award winning author of both children’s books and novels for readers of all ages. She lives with her husband and three daughters on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her book, Picture Me, is the recipient of an Illumination Award, placing it among the top three inspirational fiction eBooks of 2015. Her most recent book, Whispering Vines, is available for purchase; and her next novel, Island of Miracles, will be released in January of 2017.
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