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February 2, 2010

Ground Hog Day

I enjoy the movie Ground Hog Day. The premise of this movie is that this insufferable weatherman who has gone to check out Punxsutawney Phil, the ground hog. He hates this assignment and then finds that he is somehow destined to live this day over and over again. He begins to re-examine his life and his priorities.

I sometimes wish that I could have a Do Over. I often wish that I could start my marriage over. I would love to live those 54 years again. I think I could do a better job of being a wife. I often wish that I could re-do the years of raising my daughter again. Not that she didn’t turn out great, but I would love to have the joy of spending that time again. Mark would sometimes suggest that we have another baby. It was when we were in our 60’s and 70’s so it was a not a serious suggestion but we both loved raising our daughter.

I would love to redo my teen years and high school. I would be so much more brave and try more things. I work harder and reach out to others more. I wish that I would have appreciated my mother more. She was such a remarkable woman but I am afraid that I didn’t see that at the time.

The Bible says in Matthew 6:27, after admonishing us not to worry about what to eat and drink and wear, says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” So we don’t get to have Ground Hog Days or Do Overs or redos. We have to live in the here and now. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach is to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

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