Last week, I pulled out a DVD I’ve had in my possession for a long time, but had never watched. It was filmed in a living room where Brennan Manning, N.T. Wright, and I were all listening to Richard Rohr give a presentation. At various times, the camera panned all of us one by one.
Wright, Manning, Rohr, and I all spoke at this particular event together. (For the both of you who have theological issues with any of those names, calm down. I’ve never spoken at a conference where I jotted every theological “T” with any of the other speakers. Okay? Okay.)
As I watched the DVD, it occurred to me that the video was shot in 2007 — 10 years ago! I paused for a second in disbelief. 10 years? That event felt like it occurred only 3 years ago. With few exceptions, everyone in the room looked different than they do today. Brennan Manning has since passed, and I’ve lost touch with many of those who attended that conference. But looking back on it, I’m glad I said “yes” to that opportunity.
There are two points to this story.
- The older you get, the faster time goes by and people and things change. Change is part of human existence. It’s the endless cycle of life.
- Don’t let great opportunities pass you by. You’ve probably heard the story of when Martin Luther King Jr. taught his one and only college course. It was opened to the entire student population at Morehouse College in 1962, but only 8 people took the course! Few of them kept any of the papers King graded or took photos of the class, and those who didn’t take the course have lived in regret.
Indeed, people and things change. But God esteemed the cycle of life because He entered the human drama and experienced that cycle Himself. Since He esteems it, so should we.
(Special thanks to Led Zeppelin for giving me the title for this blog.)
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