Today is a good day.
Today began like most normal days. Being woke up by the dogs begging to be let out. After that, who can go back to sleep? I walk in the kitchen and make a pot of coffee. As it brews, the aroma fills the kitchen. I fill my cup and take that first hot sip of java goodness and begin to wake up out of my drowsy stupor.
I sit down at my laptop and begin to read through the blogs in my Google Reader. Now I am ready to write. I open Evernote and place my fingers on the keyboard and I am stopped. I hear the sound of little toddler feet coming through the living room.
I look down and there is my little boy, a little bit drowsy, hair looks like he just walked out of a Dragon Ball Z cartoon, and the biggest smile that he can give.
I pick him up and give him a hug and for the next few minutes, I just hold him and bounce him on my knee or tickle him. At that moment, my perspective is changed.
Why was I in such a hurry? I was rushing to write. I wanted to get that post scheduled and sent out to the world. Why? So, I could feel like I accomplished something today? It is really not that important.
At that moment, I looked into my little boy’s eyes and knew that it is more important to spend time with him than getting a blog post out before 8:00 am. So, we eat breakfast and watch Thomas the Train or Bob the Builder. (This morning it just happened to be LeapFrog.)
A few weeks ago, I was scanning through pictures on Twitpic. It is hard to believe that my son is two years old. It seems like it was not that long ago when I was watching my wife hold him in the hospital wrapped in his blanket. I don’t want to be the dad that got so wrapped up in work or his own thing that I missed out on spending time with my wife and son. I want to have no regrets when it comes to my family.
This is what I have come to realize:
- I have to be intentional. I need to plan/schedule time with my wife and child. While writing, sermon prep and church stuff is important, it is not as important as being a good husband and daddy.
- I want to cultivate the relationship with my wife. I want my son to see that when he gets married, his wife should be his closest friend.
- I want to make time for my little boy. Ultimately, I am responsible for teaching him how to be a godly man. Just because he is two does not mean that he cannot start learning now.
- I do not want to wake up one day and realize that I wasted valuable time with my son. There is nothing apart from Jesus and my wife that is more important than my little boy.
I believe he is able to comprehend more than we sometimes give him credit for. As his dad, spiritual leader of the home, and pastor, I should start now pushing my boy to be like Jesus. Show him what it looks like when somebody lives their life unashamed and unapologetic for Jesus. Their passion and desire is to be used as an instrument to accomplish the work given them to the glory of God.
I want my little boy to fall head over heels in love with Jesus. I want him to be wrecked by the gospel. I want God to use him as a vessel to accomplish many things that will glorify God and make His name great.
This means that I may need to shift some priorities and learn to make better use of the hours in a given day. I love to read. I love to write more. However, time with my little boy is more important and besides….
there is always nap time.
What have you learned lately? Have you had to change priorities or make better use of your time? How did you do that?
Looking forward to reading your comments.