“And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him…” (1 John 2:18)
I just cancelled my piano lesson. The lack of practice would have been discovered immediately had I shown up. I had one week to learn what had been assigned, but somehow one day slipped into another without my sitting down at the keyboard to rehearse. My journal doesn’t show an entry since September, and I can’t remember the last time I read a book of the Bible just to read it.
“There’s a time to be born
and a time to expire,
and the tale ‘twixt the two
tells the tale that transpires.”
That succinct summary of life comes from a line in a song written by a 1970’s band of poet musicians called “Ambrosia.” It is a reminder that our lives have been segmented into fragments of time in which we have much to accomplish if there is to be meaning at the end of a day, or the end of a life. Schedules include long “to do lists” for the month, the day, even for the hour, but somehow the things claimed as important are the things put off in the mad dash of the day. Now, standing on the eve of a fresh 365 days it is time to consider what we hope to see when life is reviewed a year from now.
What is important to you? How does it fit in with the way you live your life? I’m going to contemplate that as I go to practice piano.