(A recap of last month will go up on “the Archives” soon if you’re curious. Just a couple changes.👌)
June is now in full swing (apologies for the short hiatus), and summer seems to be as well, if the weather’s any indication. I’m pretty excited about some new stuff coming up around here… just saying!
Last Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day, otherwise known as the turning point of World War II. It was one of the largest amphibious invasions of all time. Major anniversaries such as this get me thinking and remembering all that’s come before. They remind me of why I have liberties. When you look at the details, the body count is astounding. The sacrifice, even more so. There were fourteen-year-olds fighting in the war–and many of them died. How old are you?
As a fellow teenager, it’s hard to imagine many if any teens in our generation being willing to risk their lives for freedom. The greatest generation (and fittingly called, I feel) is something that we as teens should cherish while they’re still here with us. Some of them aren’t going to be around anymore if we decide to wait until we’re adults to hold these unsung heroes dear.
Remember. That really seems to sum it up. Time doesn’t stop, a fact that I’m sure you’ve noticed by now. Honestly, for me, it feels like these days it goes faster than ever before. I desperately try to cling to memories of a simpler sort of life when we were all younger. But we aren’t. We’re getting older, and things are getting far more complicated. The thing is, we need to cling to what matters.
Remember the cheerful memories of childhood. Remember the lifelong lessons your parents taught you sitting on the front porch. Remember the garden you planted with your grandparents. Remember blowing out the birthday candles along with your ambitious best friends at age six. Remember the sacrifices that allowed you to do it all in the first place.
But most of all, remember the One who makes it all worth remembering, the same One who makes it worth it to move forward. You can’t spend your life looking back, because you’ll miss the beauty that’s right in front of you: but you can cherish all that came before while awaiting what comes next.
Don’t forget the past. Cherish it: but don’t dwell on it. You’ll miss the pathway God’s laid out for you.