“...and who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” –Esther 4:14
I came across a statement by Priscilla Shirer today that really struck me. She said this:
"I’ve noticed that I often tend to lean toward the programming over the people involved. I can tell this because when I’m cooking dinner for my family or folding their laundry, I can easily become irritated when my children or husband interrupt me and need my attention. When I was engrossed in planning a bridal shower for a close friend, I remember feeling frustrated when she called me to meet for lunch during a very busy week. In each case I allowed my attention on the task to override the relationship for which I was doing it.”
This struck me because I catch myself doing the same thing. I can get so wrapped up in the details of a task that I totally push aside those precious people I SAY I’m doing it for. When our children are gone are their memories going to be of us stressing about completing tasks or of setting down the laundry and giving them a hug and tickle? Am I going to be the kind of friend that puts aside working on the computer to jump in the car at a moment notice when a friend’s world is falling apart or am I going to have to get this one last thing written and posted first.
I know we are all human and there are only so many hours in the day, but what if the one thing God put me on this earth to do was to hug that child or jump in the car to comfort my friend. Which could change a life? Which would be allowing the door to open for God’s love to walk through? Is it possible to find a balance between the two ... tasks vs relationships? I think it is. When in the middle of a decision my husband often asks me, “In 5 years, which choice will matter more in the scheme of things?” Though I’m reluctant at times, the best answer usually is the one that supports the “relationship” more than the “task”.
So moms, put down the towels for a few minutes and run as fast as you can to snuggle with your sweet little one! Five years from now, the laughter will make all the difference to both of you!
Have a great day! Carolyn
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