Just Another Rotation?

planet earthThis morning I was talking to the kids about today’s date. Megan knew that we started 2008, and she knew that it was now January. But she didn’t know what made a day. She knew who made today, but not what a day was.

A rotation. It happens so many times in our lifetime that we miss the wonder of billions of pounds of matter spinning. Like a child spins in my living room, the earth spins. And each time there is one rotation we mark its passing with the simple term: A day.

A year is one rotation of that spinning billions of pounds of matter around the sun. This takes 365.25 days and is equally amazing.

Today there is a lot of talk about 2007 and 2008. A lot of lists and a lot of dreams. I wonder if those same people will take a good, honest look at the last 365 rotations of the earth, the last rotation around the sun, and ask themselves, “What could I have done better? What can I learn from? How can I start doing better today? What will God have me do today, on this rotation of the earth?

There are no guarantees in life. I’m trying hard not to take this rotation for granted.

By Adam McLane

Kristen and Adam live in Ahwahnee, California.

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