boys at creekThe weather was warm. My boys and I decided to go for a hike. We walked along a trail that followed the Etowah River. It didn’t take very long for my boys to discover a sand bar that led down to the river. We walked out on the sand and almost by instinct the shoes came off. The boys ran and put their toes in the water.

After a few minutes on the sand bar, I told my sons to find their shoes. We needed to be going. There was an older lady with her granddaughter at the river. She told me that they had been there for an hour. I felt like a bad dad because we were there only a few minutes and I was telling my kids to pack up. For the past thirty minutes the grandmother had been telling her granddaughter, “You have five more minutes.”

The elderly lady said I know we need to be heading back but I cannot bring myself to leave. “My granddaughter thinks that she only has five minutes left to play in the sand,” the lady says, “The truth is I get five more minutes to watch her play.”

James 4:14 says, “What do you know about tomorrow? How can you be so sure about your life? It is nothing more than mist that appears for only a little while before it disappears.” When was the last time you took five more minutes?


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