Wednesday, March 30

10 million minutes

"The days are long, but the years are short."

I'll bet you've heard that many times, haven't you?  Sometimes upon hearing them you dab your eyes; other times you roll them. I know.

Here's a photo of what was going on in my life exactly 19 years ago:

My baby boy was born. My last baby. This photo was taken when he was less than five minutes old.

Now he has lived nearly 10 million minutes.

10 million.

Millions of minutes of everything that goes into a life--eating and sleeping and laughing and crying. Thousands upon thousands of minutes of listening and talking and yelling. Hundreds and hundreds of minutes of walking and running and falling and getting back up, of mess-making and fighting and cleaning up and making up.

Layered into those minutes of living have been many minutes of pain. Illnesses and injuries have left scars. Broken bones and broken hearts are part of the record.

So many minutes.

I've had the privilege of being part of these minutes. Some of them seemed to flash by in an instant; some seemed to stretch for hours.

Some of the minutes I wanted to capture forever in my memory; others I'd honestly rather forget.

Some minutes I was a wonderful mother to my "baby" boy; other moments I was a dreadful parent.

No doubt about it: I have left undone those things which I ought to have done, and I have done those things which I ought not to have done.

Yet our good and merciful God has taken all those minutes--the good and the bad, the glorious and the frightful, the momentous and the mundane--and fashioned them into a blessed life.

And in God's good and merciful hands, none of those minutes is wasted. Some have been painful, but nothing is wasted.

My baby boy has grown into a young man.  I thank God for every minute of his life.

How about you? Have you ever counted the minutes of someone's life?


  1. awe,this is such a sweet post...I have never thought about counting the minutes...but it is so fleeting for sure. my first born is 37...and second born is 31 and I can tell you it flies by,enjoy those many minutes,they all add up to years....

  2. My daughter will be 19 in just a few months. I know the minutes we have left together before she leaves home won't be enough for me!

    Be blessed!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
    Do drop in for a visit!

  3. I'm sitting here wondering how many minutes I'e spent with my son who is 37 in April and my daughter who will be 35. Yes I have loved every moment - even the sad ones I've watched them walk through and today loving the minutes with my two grandsons, one of which is here with me today and napping. Loved this post.

  4. Deborah, every year has 525,600 minutes. Isn't that amazing? It's incredible to think about all that happens in those minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years. We are blessed to get to be with our children for many of them--and to have them in our hearts for all of them!


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