Today’s Table talk is by my nephew, Jonny Wills. I could go on and on gushing about how wonderful and amazing he is, but I won’t. I will just share his thoughts that he recently penned. I asked him if I could share them with you because I think they hit us all. I, for one, am incredibly sad at how fast summertime flies. Especially sitting by the pool, remembering back to not so long ago when my brood was under my feet. Ohhhh… don’t get me started.
Thanks for sharing, Jonny … and thanks for walking the road with me.
I was home a few weeks ago to watch my sister graduate, which was one of the proudest moments of my life. For those of you who don’t know, my sister, Maggie Wills, is one of the most beautiful and special people that God chose to bless this Earth with. She is legally blind, which means that her eyesight is very limited, and she has been that way since she was born. Lots of people would think that that would slow her down and make her life more difficult. Those people don’t know Maggie. While she may not be able to drive, she lives a life that is richer than most people could dream of. She is pursuing the Lord with all her heart and the example she gives to others has changed many lives, including my own. Few people can call their younger sister their role model like I can.
Now, I’m the oldest in our family, so Maggie is the second one to graduate. I can honestly say that I had never before thought about what it would be like to watch one of my younger siblings graduate. It was weird. All of a sudden I was the old college brother who came back home to spend a few weeks with the family and watch his sister graduate. My role in the family has drastically changed, and it’s hard to come to terms with the continuance of my journey. Once the oldest male leader in the house, and now I was the visitor. Obviously, I’m still very close with my family, and I love every one of them to death, but it’s just very different..
I don’t think I really appreciated my time at home before I graduated high school like I should have, and I’m even more worried that I’m not fully appreciating my time in college. I’m so focused on the future and what I want to try to do with my life that I forget to live in and enjoy the present. I guess the moral of this story is to just take a second and realize where you are in life. The ones you live with and the ones you love will not always be around you. Be intentional and focus on the time at hand and let the future take care of itself. It won’t be long before you look back on today and think about how fast time flies…
Jonny Wills is a Junior at Baylor University. Among the many great things he does, like being the oldest brother to six younger siblings, he writes Writings Worth Reading