I’m very fortunate in that, even though I’m in my 40’s, my parents are both still living in the house where I grew up in Walkertown, North Carolina. Whenever I visit them, I’m amazed at how the town has changed. When I was a boy a traffic jam was 3 cars behind a tractor. Today, there are traffic lights everywhere.
When I see the changes I recall the saying, “You can never go back home.” Or as someone once adjusted that little proverb to say, “You can go back home, but someone else will answer the door.” The point is, time changes things.
As you think about how your hometown has changed during your lifetime, you can get spooked by the passage of time, or you can use those observations as promptings to remind you that this world is a very temporary situation, where the only thing that is permanent is change- and God.
Realizing the brevity of life can be a powerful motivation to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.