February 29, 2008
Well, this year is a Leap Year and today is the extra day in February known as “Leap Day.” I have to post today because it is Leap Day. I won’t get another chance like this for four years. Today has, for the most part, been a relatively normal day. That is a good thing.
As I have lived out this relatively normal Leap Day today, I have been reflecting on the passing of time and on the eleven Leap Years that I have experienced in my life.
Here are some highlights that I can remember about the Leap Years of my life:
1968--I don’t remember much about this Leap Year as I was only two years old.
1972--We moved into a new house on an acre on my grandparents’ farm. I was going into the second grade. This was a significant event and beginning in my life.
1976--I remember celebrating the bi-centennial birthday of the United States and I remember that it was the first year I was allowed to drive a tractor—alone.
1980--This was the year that I became a Christian. This was the most significant event of my life.
1984--This was the year that I graduated from high school and headed for college. I attended Northwest Nazarene College. This was a significant event in my life.
1988--This was the year that I graduated from college. My wife, Dina and I were married in December of 1987 so this was the first full year of our married life.
1992--We were living in Baker City, Oregon at this time. I was working as a full-time music minister in a church. Dina and I spent three weeks in Guatemala, Central America on a ministry trip. At this time I was in the midst of working on a Master’s Degree in Education.
1996--Sweet little Sarah was born (our second daughter). Our oldest daughter, Becca, was two years old. We were living in Baker City, Oregon. I was working as a full-time associate pastor in a church.
2000--We were living in Boise, Idaho. Dina was a stay at home mom, caring for two wonderful little girls. I was working as an assistant principal in a public school and serving as a bi-vocational pastor/music minister in a church.
2004--We were still living in Boise, Idaho. Dina was a stay at home mom and was very involved as a parent volunteer in our daughters' elementary school. I was working as an assistant principal in a different school district and serving as a bi- vocational pastor/music minister in a church. I was also in the midst of working on a Master’s Degree in Religion/Spiritual Formation.
2008--We are living in South Korea. We are working/ministering at an International Christian School and enjoying the adventure.
Lord willing, if I am granted the opportunity to enjoy another Leap Year/Day in 2012 things will look very different.
- My oldest daughter will be a senior in high school and will be on the cusp of “leaving home” and heading for university
- My youngest daughter will be finishing up her sophomore year of high school
- I hope to have completed a Doctor of Ministry Degree
- I will have known and loved my wife for the majority of my life
- And….I will be beyond using any mid-life crisis excuses
I am both sobered and inspired as I take this leaping look ahead into the future. My thoughts go to the scripture passage in James 4:13-17
“Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.”
As the mist of my life rises to the heavens and disperses over the next four years or forty years, I want to do the Lord’s will; I want to do the good I ought to do; I want to love the Lord with all that I am; I want to savor the moments of life with my family and friends and I want to live each day—even the normal ones—in a way that recognizes that life is a unique gift from God.
Today, February 29, 2008, won’t come around again in four years. It is one of kind.
Happy Leap Day!