Facing Forward

  • Feb. 6, 2006
  • #6201

Joni shares a verse from Henry Van Dyke's A Treasury Of Contentment.

Where did that last month go to? I'll tell you January zoomed by faster than any in recent memory. And as we get deeper into February, it's clear that I need to treasure my days, I need to better savor each 24-hour slice of time in the rest of the year. Oh God, teach me to number my days that I might apply my heart unto wisdom this month... wisdom this year!  

Well, the other day I came across a special poem that... well... really strengthened my heart... and I really drew comfort and encouragement... it's a verse by Henry Van Dyke in his little book called, A Treasury of Contentment. Mr. Van Dyke wrote these words in his old age (not that I am his age), but you'll identify as he writes this. He says...

"Let me but live from year to year,

With forward face and unreluctant soul.

Not hastening to, nor turning from the goal;

Not mourning for the things that disappear

In the dim past, nor holding back in fear

From what the future veils; but with a whole

And happy heart, that pays its toll

To youth and age, and travels on with cheer.

So let the way wind up the hill or down,

Though rough or smooth, the journey will be joy,

Still seeking what I sought when but a [child],

New friendship, high adventure, and a crown,

I shall grow old, but never lose life's zest,

Because the road's last turn I'm certain will be the best." 

Love that last line, that's the best part. When the road' last turn I know will be the best. So friend, it's onward and upward. It's one day down and one day closer to heaven. It's carpe diem - seize the morning, seize the afternoon, the evening - let's make the most of every minute, every opportunity, live each 24-hour slice of time to the fullest. Never to lose the zest for life because life is a gift - no matter what your age or your ability or, in my case, disability.

We are citizens of a heavenly kingdom and sojourners on this planet, we are salt, we are light in this dark world and our words do make a difference - our witness does have an impact. So no matter if you're in your 40s or 50s or 60s or 70s or 80s or even past that... take Henry Van Dyke's advice and remember that on this long journey here on this planet, cheer up, the last turn in the road will - it really will - be the best!

©  Joni and Friends

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