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Time passes and the tasks take the day. Motion of purpose and goal of mind horde the days. Unaware are you of their eyes, for they see the nuance, the small gesture of impatience, or the small nod of reluctant agreement. Your speech is heard in body and voice, and your way is understood from afar. Those who you do not see, see clearly your habit and indifference. Be aware of the way of the busy. As a bee moves from stem to stem, without notice of the beauty of color or pattern, so too those who feed themselves on occupation and find nourishment in completion. The way of the diligent is blessed, and the hard worker earns his wage, but the greater is lost in he who ceases to rest, she who spins in a stare that misses her own children. Life is more than manna. A life lived is not one of constant wear, but one that is lost. Slow the pace, hearken to the Spirit that dwells and calls you to those who need more than money, and more than the more of the world. Slow and give time to those in whom I have given you. Do not forsake the true joy that is missed, traded poorly for that which only counts for things of lesser worth. Raise your eyes from your toil, and gaze upon again your true blessings. Toil continues without end; the time with these is but a moment.
Psalm 123:3-5 (ESV) – Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Bottom Line: Those of us with children want to provide the best for them. We work hard to do so, but sometimes too hard. We can stay so busy and entrenched in our work, that in the extra effort to give our kids more, we actually give them less, and give ourselves less too. We may get that promotion, and that raise might pay for that new family car, but it is easy to lose in the process. Listen to His Spirit. You will know if you’re off-balance. If you are, don’t put it off, make necessary adjustments. Your whole family will be blessed in ways that money can’t buy.