WHO IS THAT? That is what someone asked when my wife was looking through a photo album with them. When my wife said, “That’s Chuck.” it caught my attention. After all I was sitting right there across from them. The reply was, “I didn’t recognize him with the black hair.” My reply was, “I was young once,” and I really was. And I also once had more hair. As I think about that I am keenly aware that life continues to move forward and the seasons of life continue to pass just as the seasons of the year continue to pass. Present in our home at that time were some of our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The ages spanned from the 70’s to four months when you include my wife and me. And conversation included other grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who were not present. Topics included sad things and joyous things, the past, the present and the future. Life and death. Good health and physical infirmities. God and His blessings and care. In other words it was probably a typical time when family members get together. Or maybe our family is just weird.

As Solomon said, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens, a time to be born and a time to die….” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a NIV). Sometimes in our activities we get an opportunity to see life stretched out before us from beginning to end; from a few months to the times closer to heaven. And it helps us to see that it really does make a difference in how we invest the life God gives us. From black hair to gray hair or no hair the seasons pass. From good health to bad health or somewhere in between life goes on. From generation to generation the torch passes and it does matter how and what torch we pass on to the next generation. As someone said many years ago, “Only one life, it soon will pass; only what’s done for God will last.” So true, so challenging, and such a blessing from God. Live life today, enjoy it while you can, and make it count for God.

("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).

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