I received this from a colleague today via email and couldn't wait to share it with you. I needed this badly and I figured you did too:)
"...for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed."
Ecclesiastes 3:17b (NIV 1984)
I didn't want to...yet I did.
Hungry, cold and dirty, my daughter walked through the door, home from
softball practice. She wanted a snack, to talk and a hot shower, in that
order. I wanted to keep working. I was on a roll; walking away from my
computer was going to stop my progress.
But, I did. Putting my computer aside, I popped her favorite treat in the
microwave and sat down to hear about my daughter's day.
That's not so easy for me to do. Like many women, deadlines loom over my
mind. Work deadlines, volunteer deadlines, dinner and dirty clothes
deadlines all call me to make them my first priority. Sometimes I do, but
this day I didn't.
See, the day before, while in the process of making another time management
decision, I remembered something really important. And that "something"
brought tears to my eyes: my daughters will be gone all too soon.
These years they're in school will be mere memories before I know it. I
want me listening to them, giving them my full attention, to be a part of
Ecclesiastes reminds me to keep a check on how my time is spent. "...for
there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed" (vs.
3:17b). The days of softball stories and tales of German class will not
wait. I have to strike a balance in how I use my time, not neglecting
people for tasks.
I want to conquer the temptation to let what seems urgent overtake what
truly matters to me every day. Most of us have to work, pay bills, answer
emails and do chores. But it's so important we also take time for talking,
listening and parenting well.
Investing in children, whether they are our own, nieces and nephews,
grandsons or granddaughters, neighborhood or church kids, is a privilege.
Whether they admit it or not, they want us to hear their stories and learn
about their days.
Will you join me today? Let's walk away from the computer. Set aside our
phones. Turn off the televisions. And let's make time to talk with and
listen to our children. One day, we'll look back and be glad we did.
Dear Lord, today I need to set aside what appears to be so important to
give to those around me what they need: affirmation, attention and
affection. Pour through me to love on them. In Jesus' Name, Amen.