My life has never flashed in front of my eyes. I’ve heard people say this after harrowing experiences and I don’t doubt that they are telling the truth. Or at least a version of the truth. I do doubt that every part of their life really flashed in front of their eyes, though. Maybe they don’t literally mean that everything that has ever happened flashed in front of their eyes. Maybe it is just the special things that make the highlight reel.
I certainly wouldn’t want everything that I have done to ever be replayed to me. Mainly because it would be more boring than a documentary about domesticated cats. Here are a few of the things that I would want left out if my life ever flashes before my eyes:
1. All the times I have told myself, “It’s i before e except after c, right?” I wonder how many more world-changing thoughts the human population could collectively have if we weren’t all pre-occupied with the whole “i before e” issue. If I could figure that out I could possibly receive the Nobel Prize. Or recieve the Nobel Prize. Whichever.
2. All the times I have picked up dog poo. Anyone else find it odd that in the master/dog relationship the master is not the one getting his poo picked up?
3. All the time that I spent watching Perfect Strangers. This show aired from 1986 to 1993 and I watched it almost every time it was on. Even the re-runs. Having too much of a good thing can cause it to quickly become a bad thing. I’m not sure if this is true for everything, but it is surely true for Balki Bartokomous.
4. All the times I helped friends move when I was single. From my experience, being a big, single guy with a pick-up truck is the equivalent of wearing a t-shirt that says, “I Love Helping People Move.” It wasn’t that I minded helping my friends move, it was that they seemed to move more often than Anne Hathaway changed clothes during the Academy Awards.
5. All the times that I hit my head on stuff. I have hit my head so many times that if I hit it one more time I may not be able to remember any of the times at all. Which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. But then that would remove all of the lessons that I have learned from hitting my head about how to avoid hitting my head. Why have I spent so much time thinking about the ramifications of not remembering the times that I hit my head while writing this paragraph? Probably because of all the times that I have hit my head.
One thing that did not make this list is all the time that I have spent in the bathroom. This is because I enjoy spending time in the bathroom. It’s quiet in there. Normally.
Another thing that did not make the list is all of the times that I have been discouraged or experienced setbacks or went through trials. These times are simply too important to forget.
….we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope.
The times that we have suffered are too important to forget because they produce qualities in us that we are unable to produce in ourselves; qualities that do occur without suffering.
Please do not misunderstand: I do not like suffering.
But without trials there are no triumphs.
Without valleys there are no mountains.
Without pain there is no preparation.
If you are going through a difficult time as a follower of Christ, keep trusting God. He is preparing you, molding you, making you more like Jesus.
If you have made it through a dark valley, do not forget the lessons learned during your journey.
Some things are too important to forget.
(What are some times in your life that you hope never flash in front of your eyes? How has your sufferings made you the person that you are today? Share away!)