I was writing a letter to my friend I met in college. She’s still there, finishing up her last semester. I found myself, eyes glazed over, looking down at the words that reminisced about our time there. I wrote “enjoy it while you can.”
My mind immediately jumped to a conversation I had a few days earlier about singleness vs. dating. I’m in a relationship - the other person is not. “Enjoy it while you can,” I found myself saying.
I’m not unhappy. In fact, I told someone yesterday that if someone asked me my dream job, I couldn’t have even thought this up as a dream; it’s that good. Going back to college would have no real fulfillment for me now. And if I really wanted to enjoy singleness again, I wouldn’t be in a relationship.
But we are on a timeline - once you move forward, you can’t go back. It’s kind of like the concept of not appreciating something until it’s gone and you look back on it in retrospect and realize how good of a thing it actually was.
I’m sure if we all wrote letters to ourselves in the past, at some point in the letter, we would tell ourselves to not worry so much about was going to happen, because it works out in the end – the Author is in control of that. Instead, focus on where you are and take advantage of it.
I don’t typically quote The Message – but I do like how they worded this section from Matthew 6:
“What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.”