The older I get, the less I take time for granted. I read a quote once that said. “Time is like a river. You cannot touch the same water twice because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.”

As I get older, it seems that life marches on at an ever increasingly rapid rate of speed. The older I get, the faster time seems to fly. It makes me think of the Bible scripture in the book of James that says life is as a vapour that appears for a little while then vanishes away. (James 4:14)

Looking Back at Childhood

Looking back to the days of my childhood, I remember being anxious to grow up and experience the “freedoms” of adulthood. Isn’t it funny that when we were kids, we didn’t realize how good and easy we had it? Little did we know, adulthood has a multitude of responsibilities and challenges. We never worried about that as kids. As a child growing up, knowing I had to wait a year or two for something seemed like an eternity.

Can you remember back in your pre-teen years? Do you remember how anxious you were to be old enough to drive, or go on your first date? As a child, time seemed to creep. As an adult, time seems to pass by so quickly that I find myself wondering where the years have gone.

Every Life is Like a River

I began to reflect on the subject of time as it was spoken of in the quote comparing life to a river. The more I thought about the words of that quote, the more truth I was able to extract from it. As I thought about it, I started thinking in terms of the river as representing my life as a whole. I thought about the flow of the water as the moments of my life. As the quote so eloquently expressed, the “flow”, or the moments that have passed will never pass again.

My thoughts raced back to holding my oldest son outside the hospital nursery for the first time. It was a moment in time that I will never be able to experience again. Many moments over the course of a lifetime are truly “once in a lifetime” events. Events such as the birth of a child, your child’s first steps, the high school graduation of a child, …you get the picture. These are all moments or “water” that will never pass in the rivers of our lives twice.

Sadly, for most of us, we underestimated the significance of those moments. Often we would give anything to experience them again. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, time waits for no man.

Reflections on My Own River

My reflections about my own life as a river involve personal experiences, and how they affected me. I realize many waters have passed that will never pass again. There are irretrievable moments that have affected my life. I often wonder how much the flow of the waters of my life that will never pass the same riverbanks twice, have affected the lives of those around me.

Rivers twist and turn, shaping the environment around them. The rivers themselves are shaped by the existing physical geography of the surrounding landscape. The flows of rivers over hundreds and hundreds of years have changed the land around them through erosion. The flows of rivers over long periods of time have

I wonder how much the flow of my river, has contributed to sculpting the landscape around me. The landscapes surrounding the river of my life have been the people that I have come in contact with. Many have been exposed to the flow of the waters of my life. I wonder to myself how much my life has contributed to sculpting the landscapes (people) around me.

God Places People Around Your River

I believe that God places people in our paths in life for a reason. Some people are in our lives for many years. Others are a part of our lives for just a short time and then are gone. Just as a river cuts, shapes, and changes the landscape around it, our lives mold and shape the lives of those dwelling close to the banks of our river.

I remember someone saying that people tend to evolve and be shaped into a composite of the five people they surround themselves with the most. Think about the five people that represent your closest friends. These are the people whose company, advice, and support you cherish the most. Look at these people and you can see a composite picture of yourself. The rivers you dwell beside determine the shape of your landscape. You become like the people you associate with.

How is Your River Affecting Others?

How is the flow (moments of time) of the river of your life affecting the landscapes (lives) around you? If we want to be surrounded by friendly, loving, compassionate, and inspiring people, we have to strive to retain all of those qualities in our own lives.

Just as the quote tells us, the flow that has passed will never pass again. Realize as you go through life you will never get a second chance at making a difference in a specific moment of someone else’s life. Seize every moment as an opportunity to be a friend and to make a positive difference in the life of someone else. For the other person involved, they will never have those waters pass by them again, and neither will you. Make the moments of your life count.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,




Time is Like a River
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  • May 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm

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    I sincerely appreciated your post and a good message for us all. I released my memoir last year after 10 years of therapeutic writing — recapturing time that had been lost and gone forever.

    Carol @ Battered Hope

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