I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of July already. Time just seems to move faster and faster as the years role on. With all of the chaos that comes through our lives, often times there is something that gets put on the sideline, whether unintentional or intentional. This is the time we spend with our loved ones. Namely our spouses and children but also other family that may be close to us and even friends. We may get so caught up in the daily grind that we forget that precious time we have.
I just returned from a wonderful 10 days on the Gulf Coast with my wife and kids. This was a first full vacation away like this where we had nothing going on accept our time together and a big ocean in front of us. It was a wonderful time for all of us. We got a chance to unwind and sit on the sand or play in the ocean. We even went on spontaneous outings to wherever we felt that night, whether out for ice cream, to one of the amusement parks in Panama City or whatever. It was a great feeling to not worry about anything else and to have that time. Something I cherish very much.
Often times, vacation may be the only time we get to spend quality time with our loved ones. Work may get in the way or other calendar filling things that take away from quality time. So what do you when you get back home and get back to the grind? Do you go back to business as usual and everyone goes their way? Everyone has different routines in their lives.
I have made it a point that I was going to maximize as much time as I could with my family. I freely and willingly take on the responsibility of providing for my family and raising our kids right and solid character. I have made it a point, however, that I would never sacrifice my time for them to be so caught-up in work that I lost sight of them. If my kids wanted me to go out and play with them I made sure I made the time for it. I have been called a clock-watcher before in my work, but I make no excuses of the fact that I look forward to stepping away and getting back to my family. Now-a-days I work from my house a great deal. I have heard many people tell me they could not be home all the time. I tell you this, I would work hear every day if I could if it meant I could be with my wife and kids every day. That’s just the way I am.
The same holds true for the time with my wife, Amber. Some say they could never work with their spouse and need that separation each day. Granted, we all need our moments of solitude, which I have written about before and will talk about again very soon, but I cherish every day I get to be with my wife. We were married at 18 and from that time have always wanted to be by each other’s side. Now 17 years later that just as strong. I love being in my home office when she is here as well. Just being close is what matters. It’s precious time.
Now I don’t say all of this about myself to guilt anyone. This is the way I am. I live for my God and for my wife and kids not to be away from any of them. I cherish every moment of everyday I get to spend with God in His Word, writing, and prayer. I also cherish every waking moment I am with my wife and kids.
My point is this folks. We all have very limited time in this life. We have very limited time with our spouses and even more limited time with our kids before they grow and move on to their new lives. I know my time with them is running short as I have 2 almost 3 teenagers. Cherish every moment you have folks. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, so we have to make the most of what The Lord blesses us with while we are hear before He calls us Home.
Make sure you don’t take your time with your family for granted and squander those opportunities to be with them no matter what. Never put insignificant priorities before them. Never get so caught up in your work that you waste that time. You don’t want to live with the regret of having lost that time. Our time is short, our time with those we love is precious and just as short if not shorter. Make the most of those relationships.
Thank you so much for sharing your story and causing me to take a deep breath and remember just how short our time here truly is. We should never take family for granted and really do our best to make every day count. This is a sweet love story — and it blessed me!
Thank you for those kind words. I just feel this is so important and I know many lose site of it. God Bless!