Dishes are piling up in the sink. Toilets need to be clean. Children need to be taught. My schoolwork is past due. Bills need to be paid. Grocery shopping is a must. The children are arguing. I have a to-do list as long as the state of California and it all needs to get done.
I am focused to complete everything on my list.
Then I hear, “Mom want to play beyblades with me?”
I immediately respond, “Sorry bub but I have a lot to do today maybe later or tomorrow, okay?”
I see the hopeful expression disappear into a sad and bummed out face.
My heart aches.
Why am I allowing all this stuff take over my life and take time away from my children?
One thing I have learned over this past year is we are not guaranteed tomorrow. I do not know when He will call any of us home, but I do know that I want to embrace and cherish each day I have with my children.
The to-do list can wait.
His sad expression has now turned into excitement when I say “you know what bub it can wait, let’s play.”
My heart is full.
I would rather want my children to have memories of us playing games and laughing rather than all the chores and the never ending to-do list that I was attached too.
Our children want our time. Our 100% full attention on them. No phones. No computers. No interruptions. The best thing we can give them is our time because we are not guaranteed tomorrow.
I challenge you today to set aside the to-do list and just play with your children. Build a fort. Play a board game. Go outside. Go play at the park with them. Read a book together. Color. Give your full attention to your children. Not only will it bless your children but you will be blessed as well.