A Last Time For Everything


I’ve never liked change and as I grow older I like it even less.
As time goes by I realize the importance of every single moment with family, friends, loved ones. And I am reminded very little stays the same

It’s difficult to live in the moment.
So many things pull at you for your time.
But as my daughter gets ready to end one chapter in her life and begin another I’m reminded of how important those moments were.

I am excited about her future, I know Lord willing there are great things ahead. But there is a last time for everything.
I wish I had been more aware of the last time to
read a book together
tuck you in at night
hold you in my lap while you sleep
sit by your bed and keep the monsters away
take your hand while we cross the road
hear you say your prayers before you sleep
go on a field trip
take a trip just you and I
drop you off at school
get your text “Hey dad I forgot my ____ can you bring it to me?
go on a band trip
hear you play
say love you have a good day at school
And so many more last times…

This Friday I will watch you graduate, and I’m sure all those moments will come flooding back..
But Ecclesiastes says their is a time to weep and a time to mourn, but also a time to laugh and a time to dance.

While I treasure all those last times, I look forward to all the first times that are ahead for you.
I love you Erinn Beth and I am so blessed you are my daughter.


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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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