What Would You Say to You?

What would you say

if you had the chance to go back into time and have a conversation with a younger version of yourself? What would you say if you could go back in time and have a conversation with your dad, your mom, grandparents, or anyone? This past week many people around the globe celebrated October 21, 2015 as the day that “Doc” Brown and Marty McFly went “Back To The Future”. Except, we were living during that and what was considered the future is now the past. Somethings that were mentioned in the movie actually happened, somethings did not happen (sorry Cub fans!).

Having the option to go back in time and see yourself. That is a wish that many people have dreamed of having. The ability to correct an event before it happens. To have that “do-over” that we never get. That second chance, which if this would work, would be our first chance.
Now let’s set some ground rules.

  • There can be two of you in one timeline and not cause a tear in the space-time continuum.
  • You can interact with yourself and such said interaction will have an effect on the future, yet will not effect the current future version of you for at least 20 minutes (otherwise your future self may not be able to finish the conversation with your past self in time to explain everything).
  • You can only do this once!
  • You can not provide any lottery or stock options to your past self
  • What Would You Say to You
    Now what would you say? What would you consider that one pivotal moment that you had in life that you wish you could do over? Would you say “Take that extra time with your wife”? What about “Stop and read that book to your daughter as she goes to sleep tonight”? Would you make sure that you’re at your son’s ball game instead of working late? What would you say or do?

    You see, the hard truth of it all is that you can not go back in time. You can not alter the past. There is nothing within you that will allow you to go backwards in time. The words that you have spoken are out there, the actions that you have performed are done; and there is nothing that you can do to reverse them. You can apologize for them, but you can not erase them. They are written with permanent ink on the fabric of life.

    However, I can do this. To the dads out there reading this:

  • Hold on to your wife a bit longer and a bit tighter. She need to feel secure in your arms, give her time there.
  • Enjoy that artwork on the driveway! Soon it and the artist will be gone.
  • Love your kids even when they scream and yell. You have made mistakes before and lashed out at those that were over you.
  • Spend more time in God’s Holy Word. In the Bible are the instructions to an abundant and meaningful life.
  • Work harder at being “The Dad” instead of being “The Man”. You’re already a man, but it takes work to be a dad.
  • Enjoy the noises you hear in the house from the time it wakes up until everyone goes to bed. There will be silence soon and it will be more deafening than the sounds you hear now.
  • Spend time with you wife now, so you do not wonder who she is when the kids leave.
  • Time for yourself will come; but for now, you have kids, your time is their time.
  • Learn Micah 6:8 and show it daily in all circumstances. Especially to your kids.
  • Don’t say those words in the moment of anger because someone could not read your mind.

  • You can’t change the past dad, but the future…that is up to you.

    Till next time…
    I’m just a Husband of a Homeschooling Mom,
    Steve Blackston

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