By Chaplain (Maj.) Keith Ferrell
Special to GUIDON
Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3 states “there is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven…”
For parents across the Fort Leonard Wood community, the time has come to send the kids back to school. In fact, if you listen closely, you can almost hear the muted cheers and praises that summer has ended. However, in the ebb and flow of life with its many moving parts, it becomes easy to miss the beauty of the moment.
As individuals, couples, and families we tend to see the world as a set of events or chores that must be checked off to feel accomplished.
Shopping for school supplies…check. New clothes and shoes…check. Backpack ready…check. And so, it goes on, year after year, until we look back and we’ve missed the preciousness of these moments. Instead they are replaced by heartburn and frustration as we wonder where the time has gone. Sadly, it’s a state of our society that permeates our culture. But there is a better way.
This year, as many of us scramble to find the right shoes and the perfect backpack, take time to stop and breathe.
Take a picture or short video of your children swimming through the sea of supplies at the Exchange or have your kids put on a fashion show with all their new clothes and make some memories instead of making a list. Take it from a dad whose girls are now well grown…you will miss these mini moments.
With this in mind, I was reminded of the words of cartoonist Bill Keane who wrote, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” Enjoy the gifts of God that you have now, mainly those snotty, whiney, but oh so precious little ones you’ve been gifted with.
And remember, if they’re really grating on your nerves, they’re made of your DNA so don’t complain too much and enjoy it while it lasts.
(Editor’s note: Ferrell is the 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain.)