“The years…pass quickly, and then we are gone.” Ps 90:10 NCV
I read a quote the other day from Eileen Silva Kindig: “We talk about lack of time…when what we lack is backbone to take responsibility for how we spend it…Instead of coming home, we’re escaping to the office and assembly line to get away from household chores, childcare, and the demands of relationships…work gives us a buzz. Besides money and freedom, it provides the satisfaction of a job well done, an outlet for creativity, breezy, low-demand camaraderie, and intellectual stimulation…All this may be keeping us financially afloat…but the less time we spend with family, the messier our home life gets.”
We serve a God of now. We have now and then it is gone, and then we have now and then it is gone. How are you spending your now when it comes to your family?
Seven quick things to help you make your family a priority:
1. Remember that you are in charge of your time. Manage it and don’t let it manage you. Decide what’s important. The urgent seldom is.
2. Schedule in reverse. Put your important things on the calendar first, then add the rest.
3. Drop one thing from your schedule; for example, spending one less afternoon at golf, bunco, or working out so you can go to lunch with your spouse.
4. Be, rather than do. Be present.
5. Get your spouse to share how they believe you are spending your time.
6. Be honest about where you are weak.
7. Keep a list of your commitments by the phone so you think twice before adding to it.