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Oh, how time flies by

Published 12:17pm Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Six years. Has it really been that long since I graduated from Prattville High School?

Six years may not sound like much to some, but a lot has happened in these few “short” years.

I graduated college, got married, became a full-time journalist and a full-time youth minister’s wife.

In that time I also made tons of friends, been a bridesmaid in a few of my friends’ weddings, worked at a summer missions camp for two summers, and went on a mission trip to Venezuela.

I also saw my beautiful mother get remarried to a charming man who I can proudly call step-dad, and now I have two stepbrothers whom I love with all my heart.

I reconciled differences with my father and have started the journey to mending our father-daughter relationship. Of this I am truly grateful, because I know I went far too long harboring bitterness toward that situation. I love you, daddy.

I have watched my little brother become a young man, learn to drive and now he’s entering his senior year of high school. I can’t tell you just how proud I am of him.

Along with the many good things I’ve experienced, I’ve also lost touch with some friends, and lost loved ones to illness or unexpected circumstances.

I’ve battled depression, jealousy, low self-esteem, loneliness, pride, and the consequences that destructive decisions bring.

And on top of all of that, I decided that living this life for myself was unfulfilling, and that following Christ was the only way I was going to live fully here on this earth and in the earth to come.

You see, a lot has happened in these past six years, and I bet a lot has happened to you as well.

As we approach the end of the school year and seniors start to walk out to “Pomp and Circumstance” onto their respective football fields and auditoriums, and as college students have already graduated in the past few weeks, I think about how each one of those students will be faced with many changes, decisions, opportunities, and circumstances.

I think about how the next few years will also fly by for them as they journey through life.

So to all of the graduates, and to all of you whose time is flying by, my prayer is that we would all take hold of the time we have and use it wisely.

Hargett is a staff writer for The Outlook.

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