Written by: Alex Read
Growing up I always knew of this curious man named Karl. All I knew was that he lived far far away from me and worked with my Pop. Once and a while I would get to talk to him on the phone. We would talk for hours about anything you can imagine. Along with my Pop, I did my best to convert him to a Saskatchewan Roughrider football fan, seemed to work okay. Karl would send me emails periodically, telling me about new things going on in his world, and I would reply telling him how my most recent hockey game went, how many goals I scored and so on. Talking to Karl (or Mr. Wagner as I should have called him) became a routine thing whenever I would spend time in my Pop’s office.
As I grew older, I would hear from Karl less and less. I became a high schooler and the days got busier as time went by. It has been about ten or so years since I last talked to Karl. Looking back on it, it has made me realize how we can be right in the middle of memorable moments in our lives without even knowing it. As a young 22-year-old, I am beginning to understand the importance of taking stock in where I sit right now. Individuals my age are rushing into some of the largest decisions of their life without understanding the importance of where they sit right now and how that can influence those decisions.
Now, how does this relate to Karl. Although a very real experience for me growing up, to me Karl represents an important moment in time. One that should not be passed up on, yet one that holds extreme value. As followers of Christ, we are called to lift our eyes, take stock in what has been provided for us, and cherish these precious moments that God has placed in front of us.
No matter how little or how big, appreciate the “Karl” moments.