A social media challenge is going on. It’s called the “ten year challenge”. There is that little nagging suspicion that this is in part a ploy to get people to post pictures so their facial recognition software can be up to date.
However my initial thought on this challenge was dread. From age 20 to 30 it could be fun, maybe even 30 to 40. But 43 to 53 wasn’t something I was excited to explore. My physical appearance is definitely beginning to show its age. Add some covid hair loss and I am not jumping in on this challenge.
But then I saw a friend post a picture of her family ten years ago and then today. Her family had grown significantly. Suddenly I was aware of all the beauty that surrounded me. I looked back at pictures from ten years ago. But this time I looked at my family pictures. I was filled with smiles.
Ten years later, I see those same faces but we have changed. We have smiles from adventures! The lines on my face are from beautiful memories, laughter and sun on my face.
This life doesn’t last forever. Maybe this year took the loves of your life from you and the pain is great!
I have a friend who, after the loss of a close relative, said “But would you rather have not had those years together?”
Looking at my past in terms of decades, I see mighty growth, peace in certain areas of my life and indescribable joy. And of course I would love to have that wisdom in my 26 year old body. But that’s not how life works.
Where is your focus? Mine wasn’t where it needed to be. It was stuck. Stuck on what I thought my life should be. That’s a dangerous place to stay.
I have shared this before but I played soccer for a short time in middle school. When I missed the ball, I stood there beating myself up. The coach brought me to the side and said “You made two mistakes. First you missed the ball but then you stood there and let your team go on without you.”
I don’t know his name but it was a valuable lesson. Even more so today than in 7th grade. What are you missing by staring at what could have been?
The gifts I have today are too numerous to count. I can feel sun on my face, hug my daughter, read a book, laugh with a friend, and learn a new language with an app on my phone.
The world has changed rapidly. In some ways it can be terrifying. But in other ways there is great beauty.
In the movie Big Hero 6, the older brother tells the younger to “Look for a new angle.”
In Proverbs 17:22 it says,
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
I don’t know about you but when I am focused on God and joy I feel younger.
So in 2022 maybe we can look for a new angle?
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