Sometimes I wonder if there were a video camera following me around all day, what would it capture? Would it capture me bending down non-stop to pick things up? Would it capture me texting, checking emails, and returning phone calls? Or what about moving around non-stop trying to race the minutes and multi-task like a freak? I hear laughing in the background, I keep cleaning. I hear crying in the background, I yell, "Work it out kids!". I hear questions being asked, I scrub the counter tops and focus more on the endless streaks than I do answering the question with full attention.
I have come to the conclusion that 5 minutes of intentional time with my husband or my children, is far better than a day's worth of trying to incorporate them into my day full of meaningless tasks and goals I have set for myself.
I keep hearing it over and over... "Meaningless. When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind." Ecclesiastes.
Time with my kids. Good times laughing, teaching, building and playing. Meaningfull to their little hearts and minds. My husband reading a book to me that I have no clue what it is talking about... meaningfull to him. Knowing that their hearts are full of love... meaningful to me.
This week I have a challenge for myself and for you... Twenty minutes of intentional time a day with those you love. No phones, no TV, no distractions. My kids chase after me all day because they just want to be with me. If I sat with them and gave them what their hearts asked for, they wouldn't be as whiny and needy! Listening to my husband for twenty minutes about his day, his ideas and just encouraging him... his heart would be full and ready to conquer and divide the tasks set before him.
Remember, this journey of love and motherhood isn't an immediate gratification deal. It is a diligent step of purpose and grace every day. It's not standing still and letting the day pass you by. It is getting off our phones and our butts, pushing our kids forward and teaching them so they aren't surprised one day at the curve balls the world will throw at them.
Start with just twenty minutes.
I hope you have full hearts this week and happy homes!