When Pictures Move You

Botany BayI’m not one of those guys that just sits around looking at old pictures. But, every time I do my mind drifts and my heart is moved. Recently, my two oldest sons turned ages 15 and 13. Not only did I realize we now officially have two teenagers, but the pictures my wife showed me forced the realization of so much more.

I still remember that day coming home scared to death with our firstborn. As you know, it’s not like they come with instructions. Yet, I was personally so excited that I bought every picture the hospital took of our first bundle of joy. I will admit that I sent all those expensive pictures back after realizing that rarely does a newborn look adorable if those pictures were taken shortly after birth. Come on, who would look their best after all that trauma.

Anyway, as I gazed at pictures taken just in the last decade alone my heart raced. I’m like, I looked so much younger, they looked so much younger, and those were the days. The same days that I recalled wondering if I could survive. You see, there was a time that our oldest boys were ages 4, 2, and just born. During that season you just aim for survival and hope everyone makes it through the day alive. Funny how those days you see in your rear view mirror become the most treasured moments of your life.

Thank God for pictures that help us celebrate and remember how much God has blessed us through the years. Thank God for pictures that slow us down as we realize there are still so many moments to be captured. Time goes by faster than we think and each day brings opportunity that can easily be missed. Pictures make us more determined than ever to seize the moment and treasure time with loved ones.

Yes pictures can make you laugh, cry, smile, and miss those days of old. But, I believe looking at them periodically is necessary for us to embrace certain truths. Truth one, it does matter how we live each day. Truth two, every moment matters. Truth three, life goes by much faster that we think. Therefore, we all must make the most of the season we’re in, the relationships we have, and the moment God has put in front of us. Hopefully later those pictures bring a smile to God’s face and joy to our hearts.

(Ephesians 5:15-17)(NLT) So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

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