Wisdom for my Children- Day 9- Time

Hi kids,

Dad here.

Today we had the best of times together. We went to the beach and had a family day. Abi you were so cute, people on the beach were talking to you and when I’d walk past them, they’d say- “Oh did you see her blue eyes!” Sean, you were so fun, you decided you would build a collection of your beach findings in your cubby house (the space under the beach umbrella). You would find the most random things, bring them to your Mum and I for our approval, and then place them in your cubby.

Then tonight as I was putting you both to bed we laughed and laughed together, first you Sean- you wouldn’t stop laughing as I told you that I was still hungry and decided I would eat you. Then Abi, you were laughing so much that your Mum had to take you away from me so that you could get a moment to settle down before you went to bed.

It was such a great time, and that’s what I want to talk to you about today; time.

Time is one of the most amazing gifts you have received, and it’s one of the most precious gifts you can give.

Time is one of the only things you can not get back once you have given it away, and how you spend your time matters. Today I chose to spend it with you, because you matter.

Here is my advice on what to spend your time on.

  1. Who you are to God and who God is to you. Nothing could be more important. There is a popular saying, “if you are too busy to pray, you are too busy.” It’s true. Work on who you are in God first, the rest of life should follow. You are a human being, not a human doing, so be before you do- spend time being with God, not always doing for God.
  2. Rest. You have to rest in order to keep healthy. Life will tell you to perform. Be secure enough in who you are as a child of God to say no to that demand, at least once a week, and spend a full day in rest. I love taking a #surfingsabbath. You do it however you need to, but please please rest.
  3. Relationships. Firstly with your family, then with your friends, especially those that will bring you closer to Christ, or those that you can bring closer to Christ.
  4. Study. Study God’s word, study people, study cultures, learn all you can so that you can love others better. If and when you get married one day- Abi your husband comes first, Sean, your wife. Kids come second. Why? Because what your kids need more than most things is a Mum and Dad that love each other with a fierce commitment and passion. Bless your kids by loving your spouse.
  5. Fun. Have fun. God created us with a sense of humor, adventure, and joy. Have fun, laugh often. Enjoy God’s creation.
  6. Tasks. We all have a to do list. So, do them, but don’t be so busy doing that you ignore or damage 1-5.

There are so many other things that will demand your time, navigate them as you have to- just don’t ever sacrifice 1-3 in particular. Your spiritual health and the health of others is too important to let tasks take you out.

I love you kids. You have given me some of the greatest times of my life, and I pray that I might do the same.

Dad.

About the series:

I’m 29 right now, but soon I’ll be 30. 30 sounds so young to some, but to me right now, it’s feels old! It’s a real milestone.

It’s sounds funny to say this but the closer I get to 30 the more I think about what legacy I’ll leave my kids.

To be completely honest, the closer I get to 30, the more I realize I won’t always be here for them, one day I’ll go to heaven and get to be with Jesus face to face, and they’ll have to walk this earth with God in their hearts, the Holy Spirit as their comforter and guide, and Jesus as their example and intercessor, but they won’t have me here. So, for the times they might wonder, what would Dad have to say about this… I’m writing them a blog a day for 30 days. They might not need it now, but if they ever do, I hope it speaks to them.

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