My six year old finally beat me in chess recently. He had been so close to beating me in several games, but because he is six and less experienced than I, I would figure out a way to win.

But not anymore. He beat me handily and mercilessly. It was the end of an era for me and the beginning of an era for him. I do not know if I will be able to beat him again! He set me up! He plans out his moves WAY in advance of me. I’m like a blind mouse being “toyed with” by a cat!

It was a day of great joy for him and great anguish for me.

As I age, I am learning the reality that my children will soon be passing me in everything: chess, Bible knowledge, technology, and more!

I am declining and they are climbing and I’m so glad for them, but honestly, a little sad for me!

The only thing I can look forward to is that I am one day closer to spending eternity with my King and Savior Jesus! There is much work to do until then, but I inch ever closer to eternity every day.

Biblical counseling gives us an opportunity to point people to the reality of eternity and to what really is important in this life and in the life to come! What a privilege!

So, I lost in chess to my 6 year old. My 13 year old had already beaten me years ago so I guess I am used to it. But I need to get used to the idea that I am headed toward the next life and not cling to the things in this life so tightly!

-Mark (glad my 6 year old is smarter than me in chess and praying that he will also be so in the DOING of the Bible!)