Time is another word for choice. I see this precious commodity that we all are given in equal amounts as a difficult balancing act. We all must face this choice every day: How will I spend my minutes?
The sermon today was about looking back at our day and seeing how we spent just one of the hours this morning. Was it fruitful? Did it add to your life or detract?
Time. There are multiple cliches for this word, but the best is from Ecclesiastes 3 1-8:
A Time for Everything
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
For me, this time is a time to embrace, keep, love, and build up. No matter what, time is to be savored whether blessed or not. It is so easy to wish the time away, and sometimes I find myself doing so; “I can’t wait until Tatum…. _______ or I can’t wait until XYZ happens.” What about today? What about now? This is my biggest challenge in life; constantly planning ahead and thinking about tomorrow. I’m too much of a futurist.
So, that leads me to HOW did I spend my weekend? Saturday was Tatum’s 15 month birthday, and the TIME was savored. Friday, I picked her up and whisked her over to Melissa’s house for bonding time with her girls (and for me 🙂 Tatum plays very well with others and for that I have to thank Temple Chai and her little class. She is very kind 🙂 Of course, she still DEMANDS her baba.
But that is part of spending time with her; the good, bad, and messy!
Then, Saturday, we played in the kitchen with Coti. They are hilarious together as they “monkey” around! Tatum gently gives him his monkey, but usually she whips it at him. Coti does not realize his strength and can pummel her, but she seems to be a trooper about it. They chase each other around the island..around and around..and around.
We then headed to swim class, and apparently, she will graduate to Little Snapper 2 next month! She is ready, for she is almost diving! Swimming to the side almost on her own now, she easily gets out of the pool elbow elbow tummy knee knee. At the end, she dramatically jumps into my arms, laughing hysterically as she bobs up and down from the sharky raft.
Later that day, it was time to head to the park. When it is almost 80 degrees in February, you have to go to the park! The infant swings were a NO GO for T. She HATED it feeling like she was going to topple out. So, we headed for the carousel to have a looksie. She just watched it go around and around…and around, but we figured we would just do the train. She decided to steal my phone for a selfie. Darn kid….loves the iPhone. (well, I think she loves that I love it). Part of the ride entails this dark tunnel, and she loves to hear all the screaming (I think?) At least it’s not her. We four wheeled it home in her stroller and headed for TJ’s as usual to get dinner.
Sunday? It’s still happening, but suffice it to say, she is enjoying our TIME together. Now, if I could just get her to enjoy her crayons for longer than 10 seconds.
Taking In Most Everything!