Hannah turned to me and said, "he will never be a newborn again." The context of that statement is a sleep-deprived, frenzied survival mode called "newborn boot camp." We are in the midst of combat training right now. Miles is still adjusting to life. He sleeps when we don't. He eats whenever he wants. He fails to clean up after himself. He obviously hasn't grasped hold of reality yet. In the midst of our trying time, Hannah reminded me, "Miles will never be a newborn again." I am making it my mission to enjoy this stage of life. Is it crazy? Yes. Is it dirty? Undoubtedly. Is it a blessing? Beyond many others.
Excel in Your Stage of Life
Our children do not age backwards or grow smaller. We are all progressing to a final date and time on this earth. If we are not careful, we can fail to pause and enjoy the stage of life we are in. We can wish away the beauty of today for the hope of a bright tomorrow. We can miss out on the mission of discipling our children today in the hope of a Jesus follower tomorrow. We can forget the task at hand today, of being faithful to God, your marriage, your children, your work, Jesus' mission, by saying, "ah well, there's always tomorrow."
What can we practically do to excel in our stages of life?
- Love God and others today (Matthew 22:36-40).
- Encourage one another today (Hebrews 3:13).
- Defeat anxiety today (Matthew 6:34).
- Share the good news today (2 Corinthians 6:2).