Taking a break mid-way through a family day to blog for a few minutes. It’s my son Sam’s twelfth birthday today, so we went skiing. We had some passes that had been given to us (thank you!), so off we went.
I learned to ski as an adult, so the first few runs of the year are always testing grounds. It went well. But after a few hours, I was reminded that it’s not really the skiing I like as it is the people I get to go with. The time with Sam and Toni was awesome (Jordan was in driver’s school all day). I’ll go skiing any day with friends and family, but I thought as far as I’m concerned, I could never ski down a hill again and be content. It’s the people I enjoy far more than the activity.
I learned that lesson about golf a few years ago. I’d always loved golf…got totally into it as a teen. But a few years ago it finally dawned on me that it wasn’t golf I loved…it was that golf reminded me of many hours spent with my dad growing up on golf courses. He and I always used to play golf together as kids. It wasn’t golf that turned my crank (witness my scorecard); it was the company I loved.
Sure, I’m totally grateful for many things to do, but I’d trade it all in any day for relationships I cherish. Funny that our culture seems to be based on the opposite — that acquisition and experiences are the key to happiness.
I think in heaven, relationship will be central. I’m not nearly as excited about what it will look like or how we’ll spend our time, but instead I’m thrilled about this: unbroken relationship with God, unbroken relationships with people. How cool will that be? I could do that into eternity.
Thanks Sam, for the best gift of all on your birthday — your company.