The past two weeks have been very busy for me and my wife.
Sometimes, for a father like me who desires to give the best to my family, it is a temptation to make sure I get to check my “things to do” list in order that I’ll “feel good at the end of the day”.
But as I pause each day to listen to God in my devotional time, I felt God gently reminding me of my priorities in life; that outside my responsibility of providing, I’m also a husband to my wife and a father to my three kids.
Here’s what God reminded me: “Busyness can be any father’s biggest stumbling block to real connection with his kids.”
In our time where double or triple jobs are required to make both ends meet in the family, it is easy to reason that “I’m busy and doing a legitimate family responsibility of earning a living to provide food on the table.”
However, busy fathers like me can learn a thing or two from the brief life story of a boy named Tom, which I read from God’s Little Devotional Book.
The book recounts how Tom’s father took the time to guide and teach him while he took classes in Augusta, Georgia. Since his dad was a man of in-depth information of a lot of things, Tom absorbed the life lessons he learned from his father as they became near-constant companions, particularly on Sundays.
As Tom grew to adulthood, he eventually earned a doctorate degree of his own and rose from faculty professor to becoming president of Princeton University. As he advanced politically, he was elected governor of New Jersey and much later, became the 28th president of the United States (from 1913-1921).
By then, he had dropped the use of his first name Thomas, and in history, he was simply known as Woodrow Wilson –considered by many as the most highly educated president in the history of the United States.
Time is the most priceless gift every father could ever give to his kids, whether they are still babies, toddlers, grade-schoolers, teenagers or adolescents.
Time spent with your kids is certainly not wasted time.