“Days are long sometimes. Very long, but life is way too short, way to brief.”  -Fred Crowell

30 years ago, Fred Crowell was living in what he calls the Golden Era of Life. Dad traveled everywhere to basketball camps, son Jay and daughter Jennifer with him. What joy!

Today, dad goes to the many NBC camps alone. Still a joy, but not pure joy.

As I soon approach birthday number 75, the profound words of the Apostle Matthew, so carefully passed on to us in his gospel, makes so much sense to me.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Matthew 6:25-30

Matthew finishes chapter 6 with the verse NBC Camps was founded upon 45 years ago, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto to you.”

What happened? Seems like yesterday Jennifer was singing daily throughout the home. We called her our resident butterfly.

What happened? Seems like yesterday Jay was practicing karate in the kitchen. “Hey dad, come rebound for me. How does my shot look?”

What happened?

More important, what do I want to happen today?

My wonderful friend and hero in the faith says,

“Give them heaven today.”

I like another Cartyism.

“Give the best with what you have left.”

If we give ‘em the best of what we have left, our “what happened?” will become treasures in our memory bank and in the lives of those we love.