The first day of the rest of your life

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March 3, 2005 by Isaac Hovet

I have often heard this phrase, but it never sticks with me for long. Most of the time I relect on the phrase for 5-10 secs, nod my head in agreement, but don’t allow it to shape my future, my goals or direction. Today, however, I am turning a new page. You see this week I am now the father of 2, and not just one. I have a girl who will be 3 in June and, as of February 28, a boy. For those of us who have kids, we know the immediate change that is impressed upon us. We get less sleep, more responsibility and way less freedom. However, it is the worldview change that I am focusing on today. It isn’t as crazy as it was with my first, but I still am reeling with the new responsibility and new direction that I am no longer in control of. I will leave a legacy with one who will someday be a man. That is certain. What that legacy looks like, is uncertain. That is why today, the first day of the rest of my life, I am focusing on who my son (and daughter) will say that I was.

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2 thoughts on “The first day of the rest of your life

  1. Anonymous says:

    Congrats on the new life . . . God speed.

  2. I think that the biggest challenge to fulfilling our highest destiny is vision.
    In the moments of clarity that come every so often it is easy enough to know who we are, where we going, and that the goal is worth more than life.
    We spend the bulk of our time wandering in the fog of the immediate. We’re trying to reach the mountains on the horizon. But we spend our days wandering through a forest and trying to cross little ravines or gather firewood.
    I think that’s why the phrase “this is the first day of the rest of my life” feels so huge, but fades quickly. It’s hard to hold onto the vision it represents when there are groceries to put away.
    I suspect that the key to making it to the “mountain” is to see the incredible importance of each step in the journey. Putting the groceries away IS leaving a legacy. A ride in a plastic car down a hill, for a little girl, is her road to eternity.–>

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