Inaugurations Happen….Every Four Years

Four years…will fly by!

How do I know?  Well after dragging my kids out of bed last Tuesday to watch the historic inauguration of our first black president (which we would have watched the inauguration events no matter who was being sworn in – to me it is patriotic!), I began to reminisce on past inaugurations.

  • Just four years ago in 2005 three of my girls – Michelle, Amy & Rebekah attended the inauguration of George W Bush for his second term
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  • Four years previous to that in 2001, Michelle, after working for months volunteering her time for the Republican Central Committee (as an 11 year old….mind you!) raised the funds and secured a ticket from our congressman to attend Bush’s first inauguration! 
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  • of course I can remember the 1997 inauguration of Bill Clinton because my four girls ages 7, 4, 3 and 18 months and I made & ate an entire batch of chocolate chip cookie dough to drown our sorrows. (ok, so the girls were happy even before the cookie dough except for perhaps Michelle who even at seven was already political)
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  • During the 1993 inauguration I only had two little girls…just a “starter kit” family 🙂
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  • If you go back to the 1989 innaguaration of George H Bush I was pregnant with Michelle just beginning my nine months of non stop “morning sickness”.
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  • And in 1985 I was single (not even considering matrimony or motherhood!) & a youth pastor for over 100 teens
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  • 1981, after voting for the first time the previous November for Ronald Reagan, I was an 18 year old freshman at the University of the Pacific
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That is only eight inaugurations since my being old enough to vote.  Then I began to do the math….our children will be at home with us for,  a mere four or at the most five inaugurations.  FOUR!!!???  Does that not seem like an incredibly small amount of time when you put it in perspective?  I know that when “your guy”  is not in office four years may seem like an eternity.  But it really does just fly by like all of life once you enter the “adult world”. (When I was a child everything seemed to take forever to get here…is that still the case today?) 

So wether you are lamenting or rejoicing in the next four years under our current administration

  • Take a moment to realize and let it sink in how very short four years is and how incredibly fast it will go by
  • Take a moment to count how many innaguarations your kids have left under your roof (Michelle is already up & out, this was the last innaguration for Amy & Kristen to be at home….<big sigh & gulp>, Rebekah has one left, Grace has two, Joy has three and Daniel has four)
  • Take a moment to decide what are you going to do with that time you have left, Lord willing, with your children?

Be purposeful in your parenting.  Have a plan and inact that plan! You have four short “terms of office” as their parents to

  • mold and shape them into people of character & conscience
  • teach and train them in the principles of the Word of God
  • disciple and mentor them to fear the Lord and glorify Him in all that they do
  • influence them to be life giving and show love to the “least of these” – the orphans, widows, elderly, disabled, depressed, outcasts, enslaved and the unborn
  • inspire them to live a life of service that will make a difference and have a lasting impact

Take an oath today that you will be purposeful in your parenting during the term of office you have left.  Don’t let these years just pass you by – all too soon your term will be up and your legacy will be carried on….for better or for worse by your children. What will history write about your parenting?

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “Inaugurations Happen….Every Four Years

  1. Mary Ellen

    Wow!! That is just an incredible perspective. Thanks

  2. Kath

    Thanks, Beth. I’m so broken-hearted about just what has happened in the last week from the oval office, and this article makes me realize that my son will be a senior in high school by the end of this presidential term. So I want time to go fast and I want time to go slow. It’s a conundrum! thanks again for your perspective. You are a gift and I hope you all feel better soon!

  3. kelly

    I was thinking the same thing!!! I had Ashlyn, and Tyler…before school, watch the inauguration process. I did the math as well, and Tyler will be 19…Ash will be 15…and so on. It does go by fast, and it does give us food for thought as to the time we have left to mentor, shape, and mold our kids…time is short, we need to be very purposeful, especially in the day they are growing up in!

  4. Kristy (Finch) Innes

    Thanks, Beth, for this post. It is a great reminder to keep things (and the next 4 years!!) in perspective.

  5. that is soooo weird!!!!!!!!! I only have two left

  6. Barb McC

    Wow – I’m impressed that your girls have actually attended inaugurations. Washington is SO cold in January. Mike and I were living in Alexandria the year Jimmy Carter was elected, and we ALMOST went to the parade, but wimped out due to the cold, and stayed home to watch it on TV. At one point the President and Mrs. Carter got out of their limo to walk the rest of the route. (That’s common now, but they were the first to do that.) We kicked ourselves for not bundling up to see that in person!

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