June 14, 2016
By Matt Morrison
I’ve been looking forward to this week for the last month. For the first time since Spring Break, students in our area are finally out of school. While I’m no longer in college and my son is still too young for elementary school, I still look forward to this time for one great reason – traffic!
There is none! My commute to the office is 10 minutes shorter when I don’t have to share the road with the thousands of parents rushing to work after dropping their kids off. Seriously, my gas mileage goes up, my blood pressure goes down, and my ride to work is infinitely more enjoyable.
I used to love summer for other reasons. I looked forward to the time away from classes, the chance to relax, and the 2-3 month break from reality. But after college and graduate school, those perks disappear. Instead, in Dallas, you just get excited about less traffic while worrying about higher electricity bills.
Back then, summer seemed like this long stretch of time. It felt like I had all the space in the world to do something fun or significant. But it always snuck away from me faster than I could keep up. I’d come back to campus for another semester wishing I had done more, savored the break more fervently, and taken advantage of the time.
IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS
I’m 29 now and over the past few years, I’ve noticed that time runs much faster than it used to. I’ve watched my son go from the baby stage to a crazy toddler in the blink of an eye. We moved into our first home three years ago, yet it feels like it’s just been a few weeks. As soon as I pack up the Christmas decorations, we’re bringing them back out seemingly days later. Entire months go by without me even realizing it.
I’ve hit a stage in life where each new chapter is no longer ushered in by some major life event. I’ve graduated high school and college, gotten married, and had a child. The big events happen much less often. Today, the seasons of life are dictated by the small, boring moments – the ones we so quickly ignore.
As time moves faster and faster, I’m increasingly aware of the power of each individual decision. Each choice reinforces old habits or creates new ones. If I don’t take each one captive, they become wasted opportunities. It’s amazing how, by not being intentional, I can waste an entire month or year.
If you’re like me, you’ve had plenty of summer vacations go by faster than you had imagined. Before you know it, you’ll be back on campus with a class schedule and a head full of stress. With or without you, the next 2-3 months will easily pass by. You can either intentionally take advantage of the time or waste a season that will soon be gone.
God has given you these months to do something. You have an opportunity to make them count. But, like the rest of life, it’s a daily choice. So what will you do this summer?