Sunday, October 4, 2009

Time with Our Children

Recently I received an email of a dialogue between a boy and his mother. It emphasized the boy's desire to spend time with his "mummy". He was saving up money under his pillow so he could buy an hour of his mom's time (equal to the wage she earned at work). This story certainly touched me. It showed the boy's heartfelt desire to be with his mom, yet she was taken up with the cares of life. It reminds me of the story of Martha and Mary, where Jesus told Martha (the busy worker) to look at Mary as the example. Mary was the one spending time with Him.

Life keeps us all very busy. Juggling responsibilities, school, sports events, appointments, and even time with friends and family becomes very difficult and oftentimes, I see myself being impatient with my own children. When they ask for an extra story to be read, for some snuggle time before bed, or for some of *my* precious time, it is easy for me to pull away. However, after I read this story in my email a few days ago, I was encouraged, once again, to take time out for my own children. I want to appreciate them and love on them, and when I do, I always feel rewarded.


1 comment:

  1. I feel the same way you do and also constantly struggle between the responsibility of spending time with my children and the many other responsibilities in my life. I know nothing is more important than family and just like the other of that story said, we can be replaced in the other things we do- housekeeper, cook, etc but you can't replace being a mom. (: