When I was a child, I lived in a tract home in a city near San Francisco with my parents and one brother. I walked to school every day and sometimes walked home for lunch. I wasn’t allowed to walk to the store by myself (about 3 blocks away) until I was probably 10 years old (that’s a guess). I received one present for my birthday each year and one major and one minor present for Christmas. I didn’t feel deprived of anything and in fact, thought we were the typical American family of four. I had good friends in the neighborhood, most of whom changed once I entered junior high school and I began to branch out in my friendships. I had good parents, a strict upbringing, I knew I was loved (although we weren’t a touchy-feely family) and I didn’t question things until I entered my teens.
Today I live in the country in a town of about 10,000 with my husband. We own a home with a view that I never in a million years thought I’d have. I had to face numbers of things about my childhood that have been hard, but for the most part, I’m grateful for the upbringing I’ve had. I feel like I’ve lived most of my dreams save for a couple still to go. I’ve accomplished a number of things in my life and that makes me happy. I’m amazed I still follow God (after such a rocky beginning and middle). I never thought I’d actually go on a mission trip in my life because I was too fearful. I now have two under my belt and I’d like to go again. This part of my life is turning out to be the best yet. Hmmm, does God save the best for last?
If I could, I would return to the innocence of my youth. Other than that, there is absolutely nothing I would want to turn back the clock for. I love my life and what God continues to show me about life. It has been hard at times, but I love where He’s taken me, where I believe I’m going, and I believe I’ll finish strong. I’m learning to accept, probably the biggest accomplishment yet.
Now it’s your turn, an interesting little “free-writing” exercise that will force you to consider. Answer the following three statements: 1) When I was a child, I lived… 2) Today I live… and 3) If I could, I would return to…
I’m on an experiment with God…want to join me?