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There Goes My Life

Life is ever changing as if in a constant state of flux.


As a child life seemed to move at a snail’s pace. I remember thinking I would never grow up.

The irony is, the speed of life seems to accelerate the older, we get. One day we are dreaming of growing up and leaving home, the next we are wondering where the time has gone.


The lyrics in the Kenney Chesney song, “There Goes My Life” is one that expresses the loss of something personal. It is “my” in this statement that points to this truth. Because from the beginning life has always been about us.


The desire to experience life is one that has always been at the forefront of my thinking.


Today, I realize the things in life I had longed to get past or away from are some of the things I miss the most.


For most of us, as we remember being with our families and friends: living, laughing, and loving each other. It is in the tough times; those memories can come back like a flood.


The loss of a loved one or a friend, watching our children grow up and move away, all remind us life is fleeting and uncertain. In moments like these, life becomes less about us and more about the times, places, and people in our lives.


The opportunity to share our life with someone else is one we tend to overlook and take for granted, until that someone is no longer there.


For me, remembering those I have lost though painful at times is most always positive as I reflect on the person and times we shared. I believe this is a gift from God because the power of a love felt and a life shared is one that carries on long after we part.


It is true we lose a part of ourselves when we share life with someone else. But what we lose is nothing compared to what we gain.


Looking back, I wish I would have spent more time enjoying the moments, instead of thinking about what I could have been doing or what I did not have.


“There goes my life” is a true statement and no matter what we do or try, we cannot stop it from going. Even so, we need to hold tight to life and enjoy the ride because in the end it is going whether we want it to or not!


James 4:14, “You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanish





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