Friday, August 26, 2011

Time Capsule

Joining Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday again, and this week is her birthday!! Head over to www.thegypsymama.com to wish Lisa a happy birthday, or read what other folks are writing. This week the prompt is "Older."




I remember, years ago, my younger self made a "time capsule" box for my older self. A time capsule filled with different things that were special to me. My Grand Champion horse pedigrees; a bead bracelet in bright neon colors, the first one hand-made on my beading loom; and a letter written to myself 10 years later. A decade doesn't seem like all that much to me now, but a decade is a lifetime to a little girl who is 10. 

I'm pretty good with following rules, so like a good girl I waited to open that time capsule until the proper time (so maybe I peeked once...). When I did open it I was surrounded by memories of my childhood. I remember how, as a 10 year old, I very naturally assumed that when I was 20 I'd be just about perfect. It makes me smile now, but at the time I figured that the eradication of temptation, bad habits, and a multitude of other annoyances would SURELY be accomplished after TEN YEARS. From my 20-something perspective I've still got a ways to go. 

As much work as God has left, I know that God is the one doing it--he who has begun a good work in me will bring it to completion. He is walking with me, and every day that I spend with him brings me closer to him. I may not ever obtain in this life the perfection my 10 year old self so blithely assumed, but I know that I am daily being molded into Christ. I also know that one day the work will be complete, when I am with Christ. And that's about as good as it gets. 


4 comments:

  1. beautiful thoughts. how fun to see what was so incredibly special when you were ten at the age of twenty! that's a fun idea to use with my own children. a reminder, too, that growth is a process. . .
    thanks for your sharing this day.

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  2. Oh, the mental image of you so confidently opening that capsule is priceless! We are like that, aren't we? We don't know that there is so much that we don't know. I think that is a good thing, actually, for our ten year old selves.
    You have great wisdom for someone so young.
    You wrote: I also know that one day the work will be complete, when I am with Christ. And that's about as good as it gets.
    Very well said!

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  3. What a wonderful memory you made for yourself.

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  4. "From my 20-something perspective I've still got a ways to go." AMEN from a fellow twentysomething! My naive, little ten year old self had no idea what was coming, and I'm sure my thirtysomething self will say the same thing about my twentysomething self in a few years. Great post!

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