What will be your legacy?
It may not be what you think.
Start with asking your children individually these questions- What does mom like to do best? What does daddy like to do best? What makes mom happy? What makes daddy happy? What makes mom sad? What makes daddy sad?
Their perceptions – their answers – not yours, will give you a glimpse of how they see you and what they think is most important to you.
And if you don’t like their answers, change what you are doing.
And if you like their answers – keep doing what you are doing.
Then ask yourself these questions – When he/she is 18 years old, will I wish I had spent more time on my phone/work/social life? Or will I wish I had spent more time investing in him/her?
The season of childhood is a short one and it will be gone before we know it.
And childhood memories are being made as our children watch what we do and what we say.
And our children watch what we do, even when we don’t see them. And they hear what we say, even when we don’t hear them.
And don’t we all want to be seen and heard?
Think back to what you remember about your own childhood. Is there anything you wish your parents had done more of or less of?
Being a parent is such a God-given privilege. Our children are a blessing and a gift – from God’s own hand. Being a parent requires sacrifice. It requires giving up self. Or at least it should. Our children are our life’s greatest work.
“And I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you the more, am I to be loved the less?” 2 Corinthians 12:15
No matter our circumstances – no matter how much or how little we have – it is up to us to make each moment count.