Saturday, August 18, 2007
What Matters Most
I remember as a little girl my mother reminding me of the things that mattered most. She would gently point out to me that friends would come and go but family would be faithful and remain.
As I embark upon new adventures I want to keep this in mind to help me keep a proper perspective of life. Whether it is ministry, hobbies, homeschooling or blogging I want to always remember that while these things are not done in vain, that these are things that definitely come and go. People come and go out of our lives but it is my family and the Lord that remains.
With that at the forefront I want to make sure I am pouring my best into my family-- my husband and my children. My family is to receive my first fruits and not my 'leftovers'.
There are many ways we give our family 'leftovers'. Choosing our friends over them, being preoccupied with some new endeavor that we neglect them. Shopping too much and not scheduling to balance our time out. Saying yes to too much ministry and not learning the fine art of saying 'no'.
I try to keep it in perspective this way, when I am on my death bed will it have mattered that I had done x,y and z? Will it have mattered, for example, all the hours that were squandered on certain pursuits? I imagine that as I lay on my death bed what will matter is did I serve the Lord right with my life and did I spend enough time with my family and give them my best.
Yes, indeed, my best.
If you'd like to read more on this topic, you might enjoy my article 'The Beauty of Balance'.