Wednesday, August 19, 2009

First Day....

So today I watched my son get on the bus for the very first time. It’s funny how he walked on the bus like he’d done it a thousand times before. Lori and I held it together until the bus took off and as we started walking back up the hill toward the house we lost it. Yeah…we cried a little.

So now, for our family there is a new adventure. If I’m being honest, I’m a little overwhelmed with trying to understand the ramifications of what this day really means for our future. Not getting crazy, here, but his life and the life of our family will be very different from here on. This experience will form and transform Jackson and all of us over time. (I just hope he doesn’t get sent to the principles office the first week, because then there will really be some transforming going on!)

Of course it will be exciting, breathtaking, exhausting, crushing, difficult, and life- altering from moment to moment. And each day will be different. I think I’m ready. But then again, if we don’t move forward, where are going to go?

Tomorrow you will have another day before you. You will probably get into your car, go to work, hang out or do whatever you do, just like you’ve done a thousand times before. But what if anything will cause your day or our life to be different? What will transform you? I’m not really a cynic, but I don’t think the most recent healthcare debate, or just because Hokie football is upon us we will really, I mean really be transformed by either.

But Jesus will.

Your boy Paul wrote to the church in Corinth and he said “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Cor. 5:17).

Once we start getting serious about that one statement, things become very different in our life. It doesn’t mean we don’t fall down, or get dirty sometimes, because life is difficult. Hello! BUT…it does mean that because I’m a new person, with the power of Christ working in me, and I’m trying to live my life as Jesus modeled (surrendered, and full of love) then when I get on that bus tomorrow morning I’ve got the strength to live and the strength to love…

Each of us has another moment…

Speak on It!

1 comment:

CLEA Dockins said...

Funny you chose this topic. Just speaking to my mom about life and circumstances and what you do with what you have been given. Getting on that bus each day is IT. Faith in God and a love of Jesus allows you to take that giant step onto that "bus to who-knows-where." Keep up the great work, T-Money!