Mother’s Day 2014 is over. I sat at the lunch table with my sister and her family, my brother and one of his sons and my children, my mother chose to stay in her recliner so I turned it around to face the table. Four generations live in this house and we are the loudest family on the block, I guarantee it! We laughed as we told the same old stories, my sister, brother and myself sang a chorus of “If You Know the Lord”, a song we sang at the first Sunday service of the new church my parents had started, Mother’s Day 1962 and we had a good time!
There is no time like the present. Exactly what does that mean? Watching old home movies, I see a young mother opening gifts with her 9-month-old baby daughter. I watched as two young men faked a fight for the camera and doing all kinds of stunts that people only do when a 8mm camera with no sound, is running. I see tree-lined streets, azaleas and dogwood trees in full bloom, so much footage spent on those Spring scenes on Lullwater Drive in Atlanta. Then there are beloved pets frolicking that are long gone and my parents, once so strong and vital looking to young and walking without the aid of a helping hand…memories…you are looking at them and for a moment in time you are there. My dad and my grandparents and other family members that have gone to heaven all smiling and talking and waving to the camera seem to be saying “Remember us this way, you will see us again one day.”
I can hit rewind over and over again, I can watch myself blow out 27 candles on my birthday cake and I remember so well the lady who made it for me…but I cannot go back to that time, what’s done is done. I just want to live every day from this day forward as if I were in front of that old 8mm camera and making memories that I want my posterity to remember and make smile and be proud that they had a mother, grandmother or auntie like me. Today IS that rewind day and I want to make the best of it. Maybe there is something that you would like to do today that will make one of those landmark memory days!
I would like to be a stabilizing force in the life of those that I know; I guess that means I want to be like Jesus… Hebrews 13:7-8 Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life, make sure the “movies” you are making will be pleasant to watch in the future! I hope you had a wonderful day, I did!