What Kandilyn Knows

Posted by on Jun 6, 2010 in Faith | 5 comments

Our youngest daughter Kandilyn graduated from High School last week, and recently decided what she wants as a graduation present. She wants to go sky diving! And she wants to take two of her best friends with her. My wife isn’t too keen on the idea, but I think it’s awesome. Ruthie is thinking, Why on earth would she want to do that? I’m thinking, Of course she wants to do that.

Kandilyn also wants to learn how to ride a motorcycle this summer, so I’m looking for a class to enroll her in. She knows her mother would never let her have a bike (though her dad would kind of enjoy having a riding buddy), but she wants to learn anyway. She’s been my riding partner for several years, so I guess she’s getting tired of riding in the back seat.

Several weeks ago, Kandilyn and her brother, David, announced that they wanted to spend a couple months backpacking across Europe. We didn’t say no, but we did say not yet. Not at 18. We’ll have to readdress that one in a few years, I’m sure.

Kandilyn has always been the adventurous type—always looking for some new experience. I tell people she’s been 21 since she was 4, but the reality is, she just loves pushing the envelope and trying new things. And she hates being held back. Quite honestly, she’s a little too fearless, but I love her spunk. She definitely has a good time.

And that’s what I admire most about her. Kandilyn instinctively understands a truth that we would all do well to learn. She knows that life is short and meant to be lived with gusto. That we’re all put on this earth for a divine purpose, for sure, but also for a staggeringly short season—a season that is as brief as it is precious. God put us here for a reason, and part of that reason is to enjoy life! To work hard, play harder, love deeply, laugh heartily, pray expectantly, and worship with abandon.

You and I are plucked from this earth almost as soon as we’re planted, and we should never take the time we have for granted. We were created for eternity, but too often we forget that eternity begins the day we’re born, not the day we die. So why wait until heaven to enjoy all that God has in store for us?

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John  10:10). It’s hard to have a full life when you spend half your time worrying. Kandilyn certainly doesn’t, and maybe you and I shouldn’t either.

Be Adventurous!



  1. Come on Frank…Nathan was 19 and Josiah was 15, almost 16 when they spent a month backpacking & youth-hosteling around Europe and it was the best thing they ever did together. This was also before international cell phones! Let ’em go while they don’t have too many responsibilities! 🙂

    • LOL! I know I’m going to have to give in soon, just trying to put it off as long as I can. I’ll probably have to say yes next summer. Somehow I never worried about David the way I do my little girl 🙂

      Hope you guys are well!

  2. Aw thanks daddy 🙂 You’re brilliant writing makes me sound considerably more cool than I am.

    • Haha… thank you sweetie! I love that you’re so fearless! Just promise you’ll be careful, okay? 🙂

  3. And by you’re, I of course mean your.

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