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10 Years to Blastoff

Reprinted from ReadyAimLife

I met George over 10 years ago.  I had taken a new position in a church and was spending some time getting to know some of the guys in my congregation.  As George and I began the twenty-question game, it was obvious that he had some dreams and aspiration burning in his gut and these dreams would probably require him to relocate or at least shake up his current employment situation.  As a relatively young guy- who was used to being mobile since we had no kids at the time- I began to quiz him about his timetable.  His response was pretty reasonable in that he would probably wait till his youngest child had graduated from high school.    I assumed that they were probably in an upper grade, but was shocked when I discovered that they were still in elementary school.  Welcome to the world of long-term perspective.

Lately I find myself thing a lot about kids graduating.  My son is fast approaching the 3rd grade and as I did the math I realized that when your kids enter third grade you have exactly 10 years left with them before they graduate high school.  Lord willing we hope to see him graduate from the same town he has been growing up in- thanks George for the perspective.  Ten years to blastoff! It’s hard to believe that he will be graduating in the class of 2020.  That sounds like an old movie about the future, but the future is right now.  My wife and I have embraced the idea that our main job as parent was to launch Joshua to be a responsible, productive young man into the world.  We just didn’t know it would begin so soon.

So, the countdown begins: 10 years to blastoff.  Houston, we may have a problem with that!

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