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
- 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!
- 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)
- During the 1993 inauguration I only had two little girls…just a “starter kit” family 🙂
- 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”.
- And in 1985 I was single (not even considering matrimony or motherhood!) & a youth pastor for over 100 teens
- 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
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?