I find myself today looking back, and thinking ‘where have the last 20 years gone?’. A lot has happened to me and my family over those last 20 years, so maybe that’s why in many way those last 20 years have flown by. But hold on a minute, when I think about the person I was 20 years ago, that seems a lifetime ago.
I’ve always found it strange how in some ways time (and life) is flying by, and yet in other ways time feels like it has stood still. Yes, there have been many times over my life that I which I could re-live just so I could make the most of my time with family members who are no longer here. Then there are other times which I’m glad are past – ones which I have done my best to confine to the past.
Even this year, 2020, has been a year I’m sure none of us will forget, because of the global pandemic that resulted in many countries, include Scotland, going into lockdown, to try and contain the spread of the virus. When lockdown was announced we wondered how we’d all survive staying at home, but now almost 5 months on, it’s hard to believe we’re now more than halfway through the year. So even in extraordinary times when we’ve had to change our expectations of what ‘normal life’ will look life, the days and weeks have still been flying by.
Today as I look back over my life, I realise life is racing by at great speed. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was walking to school with 2 of my best friends, and we were laughing and joking about just how old (!!!) we’d be in the year 2000 – we thought then that we’d be ancient then, so imagine how old I feel now just thinking about that discussion!
Have I achieved all I hoped to achieve in my life? – No
Have I always prioritised my life in the best way, putting my family and friends first over work and myself? – No
Have I always acted and spoken in a Christian manner? – No
Can I change my life today and become the person Christ wants me to be? – Yes, but I need God’s help to do that.
Life is flying by, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t got time to make a difference in this life, it simply makes it even more important that take action today – After all tomorrow has not been promised to us.