Thankful for Time

The screensaver on my phone is a  picture from 5 years ago of my wife and I with our kids. It amazes me how quickly our children have gone from babies to boys. Time has truly flown.

While we try to enjoy every moment and experience we share, sometimes we look up and it’s the end of another school year or time to plan another birthday party. They’re growing up, we’re getting older and time marches on, no matter how much we’d like it to slow down or pause for awhile.

These are not new or novel sentiments. We all experience these pangs of life passing by much more quickly than we’d prefer but it seems like the clock is always ticking when it comes to our children’s growth. All the plans we have as parents — the lessons we want to teach them, the activities we want them to engage in, the life-changing moments we want to provide them — get placed on an endless to-do list and the amount of time and effort it takes to make them realities sometimes conflicts with our abilities to simply work and provide the basics for ourselves and our children.

That’s why this Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for time. I want more of it and would gladly hand over hard earned money to acquire it, but I must be grateful for what I have. This time that my wife and I have with our two children is the most precious and meaningful time of our lives. Each day, I wake up with a desire to enrich their lives and provide something they didn’t have the day before and, although I fall short on most occasions, that is the guiding force in my life. It’s been that way since I became a dad and will continue until I have no breath left in my body.

I’ve never had a problem managing my time — that is one of my best attributes. It was instilled in me from an early age and I’ve always preferred to get my work done competently and quickly so as to have time to relax, play sports, watch tv, read, whatever. Now, that extra time is focused on being with my family because it brings out the best part of me and gives me a chance to guide them and make them better people, too.

I wish you and your family a blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving and I wish you a few extra moments of time with your families and loved ones this week to soak up the joy that is all around you.

(Photo credit: Foter.com)

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