Happy Monday! Are we really heading into the last week of February? It seems that time is speeding up! They say that means we are having fun! Grab a cup of coffee, sit down and join me for a few of my thoughts on this beautiful day.
Last week I went searching for shirts for my daughter and me to wear for her school Valentine party. I had in mind something cute with hearts, in pink or red, something that stood out for the holiday. Guess what I found? Plenty of shirts for St Patrick’s day and Easter, but nothing for the holiday just two days away.
I went to several stores before I found one for her, but had to give up the search after that. We had a fabulous time at the party, but no sooner was it over, than I began getting questions:”Mom, what is the next holiday?” “When is it, Mom?”
Don’t get me wrong; I love that my daughter gets excited over holidays, parties and all things fun. In fact, it’s one thing I love best about childhood…the ability to be filled with joy over simple things. I can’t help but be drawn into the excitement of looking forward to “what’s next.”
It got me thinking. Don’t we all look forward to fun and exciting things? Isn’t it just a bit of a letdown when they end? I know for me that is the case. In fact, sometimes the dread of feeling sad when fun is over has kept me from enjoying the time itself. Now how silly is that! I think it is important to have things to look forward to… it can make the more mundane times seem a little more bearable.
At my office, we have a Thursday tradition of walking to Starbucks at lunch time for a treat and people watching. Amazing how that seemingly small thing can make the day a bit brighter.
Of course, planning ahead can become a bit extreme, such as walking into a store mid August to see Halloween and Christmas decor on the shelves. This has the tendency to make life feel rushed…and that is not good since it keeps us from staying in the moment.
At times hurrying on to the next thing can become almost an addiction, to keep from thinking or feeling the things we need to pay attention to. In all things, there needs to be a balance. Again, I think about my daughter who can be totally into whatever she is doing at the moment without wondering what she should be doing next.
It’s easy to get caught up in celebrations and that can be a good thing. We need those times to keep us going and to build memories with those we love. Solomon speaks of this in Ecclesiastes 8:15 where he says “So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.”
Sometimes life brings more struggles than fun, more sadness than celebration… it can be difficult to look ahead. This is when we focus on the ultimate “what’s next”: the biggest party of all…with the One who longs to celebrate with us forever in Heaven.
“God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’” Revelation 21:4
This week, keep looking ahead…to celebrations big and small. Make the moments count. I’ll be looking for you at the party that will never end!