I tiptoe through the dark, trying to not squeak the bedroom door- or crash into anything. This time is too precious to wake anyone. (But if I do, I can only hope that maybe they will learn by my example.) This is time that was, not so long ago, just a little more time for sleep. Now there are enough minutes to read the Word and pray. Lately, that prayer includes an utterance of gratitude simply for the gift of time.
Also within that prayer is a request for the ability to use my time well, to stay focused on priorities. Way back in the January days of resolutions, I set those top two priorities as faith and family. If I find that I set priorities without prayer or plans, the busy world outside the walls of our home always, always swoops right in and flies away with the minutes and hours of our days. Every day will be spent on other things, and very few of our activities will fall in line with real priorities.
While we are frenetically running around, food is wasted… papers are misplaced… spouses become overlooked… family devotions are missed… and children are scolded more than loved.
Our society is blessed to overflowing with people with brilliant ideas that lead to so many plans for so many amazing opportunities- opportunities that require more people than are sometimes available. And that require more time than is ever available. This week, my daughter learned that one of her activities is no longer offered- and she promptly- and happily- stated that she considers “free time” to be one of her activities.
I had a children’s sports coach tell me that we have to put the children first. Well, I actually put God first. And I placed my children high on the list when I planned time to pray with them… when I blocked off time in the schedule for them to run in the yard around their home… when I made regular reservations at home for them to gather with us at the table for family dinner.
This week I declined from yet another committee- one I was not asked to join, rather one to which I was, well, assigned. The longer I live, the more I find myself saying, “No, our plate is full.” Because it is really a “yes”- yes to time with God and yes to time with family- and providing for that family. And if those needs are fulfilled, there just may be time left to actually show up for those few carefully chosen volunteer responsibilities- and to do the job right.
And most importantly, to reflect the fullness of God’s blessings and shine for others.
TIME is the word I display in my home during this full season of church, school, soccer, scouts, birthdays…. and leaf-pile jumping. If I can remember to be always grateful and respectful of the limited time granted by God, I will have listened to His calling.
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