Two days ago, I watched my daughter pass through airport security headed for a college too far away. With tears streaming down my cheeks, I realized the greatest gift I could have given her these quick moving past few months was my time. In that moment, even with the pain of already missing her, I felt the beautiful satisfaction of accomplishing just that.
My schedule cleared a couple of months ago in order to make room for my little girl, now very much a dream chasing young woman. We binge watched shows on Netflix, played at least a thousand card games around our kitchen table, went out to movies, and sat for long talks about her exciting future. It was so worth every second. SHE is so worth every second.
Do you have something or someone tugging at you for time? Is God asking you to step away from your usual daily tasks or busyness, even if for just a few days?
I understand there are duties like work you may have to contend with. I’m incredibly fortunate to be my own boss these days and can step away when I really need to. In either case, there are so many other tasks that we can all put on hold if necessary.
Social media, house cleaning, this blog, and many other things that use up my precious time came to a standstill. My home is a disaster. My blog has grown cobwebs.
But these things are not tragedies. I can spend time now catching up on housework and easily get our home presentable again. The internet didn’t go anywhere while I was away, so this blog will come back to life now. Everyone I knew on Instagram is still there for me to reconnect with.
Time is a finite resource. We must make hard choices on how to spend it. Always choose people first.
It will be 5 months before I’ll see my precious little angel, the platinum blonde, brown-eyed baby girl who came into my life 23 years ago and literally saved it. She grew my heart to a place it had never seen before. That incredible love ignited my journey to sobriety for which among many other things I’m forever grateful to her.
I’m resting in the fact I gave her this recent special time. All of it. All of me.
Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.
Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!
~Ephesians 5:11-16 (MSG)
We may not be involved with tasks that must be pursued in darkness as Paul is warning the Ephesians of here. However, we can all heed some advice in his words from so long ago. Don’t waste time on mere busywork. Use our heads. Make the absolute most of every second we have. Use time wisely…
What can you give up for a while to spend a little more time with your people? Are you a constant Facebook scroller, email checker, TV watcher…? I personally can relate to each of these at times. They can be easy escapes, but our people need us and our immensely valuable undivided attention.
As always, thanks so much for being on this life journey with me. I’m truly grateful to be back with you today!