I Didn't Appreciate....
By Walker Moore

As I get older, I realize there are things in my life I didn't appreciate until it was too late.

I didn't appreciate the naps they used to make me take in kindergarten.

I long for the day when someone says, "You can't work anymore until you take a nap." I guarantee you, I won't argue.

I didn't appreciate one-cent candy or milk that was delivered to your front door. In the "do-it-yourself" world we'll never see either of those again.

I didn't appreciate those face-squishing hugs my mother used to give me.

Now that she's gone home to be with the Lord, I long for just one more.

This time I would squish her right back.

I didn't appreciate the days I danced barefoot in the rain with my mouth open wide trying to get a drink of raindrops.

I didn't appreciate the sacrifice my parents made for my brothers and me to keep us clothed, fed and happy.

I didn't appreciate mom letting us mess up the living room on a rainy day.

I thought building a tent with a secret tunnel is what everyone did on those days.

I didn't appreciate the marvels of planting a seed and watching is sprout into a full-grown plant.

I didn't appreciate the struggles we had to go through as a family.

Because of yesterday's struggles, we have strength for today.

I didn't appreciate the times my sons came to me and asked those annoying, unanswerable question. "What makes a duck quack?"

"Why is the sky blue?"

I had no idea they thought I was smart enough to answer all their questions.

I didn't appreciate the times our family had together.

I didn't appreciate those "primary" Sunday School teachers who went through so much trouble to collect toilet paper rolls so I could understand what a scroll was.

I didn't appreciate those clear nights when the stars danced with glee showing off their awesome Creator.

I didn't appreciate our son's "refrigerator artwork" that made our house a home.

I didn't know to appreciate the muddy footprints my wife and I so often found making a path across our carpet as a representation of life.

I didn't appreciate the times my children fell asleep in daddy's arms.

I didn't realize it was there they felt protected from all the elements of the world.

I didn't appreciate my parents taking me to church, the place I found God!

I didn't appreciate the ease at which I can access a Bible, while I know people who hunger for a single page.

And, even today, I can't fully appreciate what a great salvation I have.

God, I have just one prayer for today. Open my eyes that I may be able to see and appreciate the things that you do each day.

Thanks to Peggy R. for this one!!

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