By Rae Lynn DeAngelis
As I sit at my keyboard to write this post, I’m reminded of today’s date on my screen, August 13, 2017, our daughter Heather’s 30th birthday.
Thirty years ago today, barely into our twenties, my husband and I stepped into the unknown territory of parenting. After three days of non-productive labor at home, we finally headed to the hospital. Eleven hours later, we had the chance to cradle our precious baby girl in our arms for the very first time. Like every other mother in the world, I remember that day like it was yesterday.
Cliche’ as it may sound to say, where did the time go, and how did the years fly by so fast?
“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14)
When your child turns thirty, you start to feel old. Gray hair, sagging skin, and arthritis pain become stark reminders; the aging process is here to stay.
Getting older has its challenges for sure, but what if we changed our thinking to be more in line with this young woman’s approach to maturity.
I’m grateful for this young woman’s bold reminder to cherish each day for the gift that it is and to stop obsessing about the things that don’t really matter.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)