As many of you know, there are five boys in our family, ranging in age from 18 years to 6 months.
It has been quite a ride and, especially in the case of the first two, has involved a lot of sports.
My two oldest played everything except for baseball along the way, with #1 being a state champion in football and #2 playing high level competitive soccer today as a high school sophomore.
Suffice it to say I have been to a lot of practices and games, ranging from the earliest soccer games (an amoeba-like formation of toddlers clustered around a ball) to watching my oldest win a state championship his junior year.
For a year there, I would watch #2 play a varsity soccer game and then during halftime walk across a parking lot and watch #1 practice football (from a distance because when they are tiny they love for you to be at their practices but when they get older, nothing could be worse!).
Until I met Miranda, I thought my days of practices and games, making sure to take water bottles and taking my turn to bring the youth soccer team's halftime snacks were over.
Not so much.
#4 just completed his first year of soccer. They didn't actually play games (he's not even quite three years old) but they kicked the ball around, played silly games, ran around and, yes, drank from water bottles.
Same as it ever was.
Hydration is as important as ever. I suspect that my kids will put "He told us to drink more water" on my tombstone.
This picture is from last night. But it could just as easily have been taken 15 years ago from #1's first season.
#4 has no idea what's in front of him, whether soccer will be his sport or not, whether or not he will even like sports.
He's got a lot of time ahead of him.
Only, he doesn't.
Our days go by in a blur. It's a truism, I know, but the darn kids just grow up so fast.
And so do we.
When asked what was his greatest surprise in his years on earth, the legendary evangelist Billy Graham said "The brevity of life".
So, what's next?
Whatever it is, make sure you are intentional about it, that it reflects your values and passions, that it is rooted in the true you you were made to be.
Take the best of what was and what is and make it your 'What's next".