Parents: This life is not a dress rehearsal.

Kara Powell | Sep 29, 2017

Photo by Pranam Gurung

I’m forward thinking—always thinking about the future. It’s part of how God has wired me.

But there’s a downside to having this tendency. I’m constantly thinking about what’s next, which makes it hard for me to relish what’s happening now.

As all three of our kids are settling into their fall, it’s easy for me to look ahead to next week’s homework assignments, next month’s volleyball games, and next year’s AP exams.

So this fall, I’m trying to remember a great phrase one of my friends mentioned to me a few years ago:

This life is not a dress rehearsal.

I’m not practicing or preparing for something better that lies ahead. This is it. This is all we get. And now that our oldest is almost 17 years old, I’m all too aware of how fast time flies.

Let's cherish the moments we have with young people. This is all we get. (tweet that)

So as you love and serve young people in your home or church, we’ve created the wallpapers below to help you remember to take advantage of TODAY.

That last minute run to the drugstore with your middle schooler to buy a poster board for a school project? That conversation with a high school senior stressed about college admission deadlines? Those are the moments that matter. Those are the moments that add up to total our life.

These are the hours and days we have. I want you and I to savor them to the fullest.

Free Downloadable Wallpapers (click to download)

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Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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