"From the Archives" will be tomorrow instead of today. God birthed a different post for Tuesday, and "just in case" someone else out there needs to hear it, here it is--and I hope it makes sense. :)
A sobering thought just struck me: We don't just live our lives "with" our children and grandchildren; we live them "before" them.
With every response we teach them more powerfully than words ever could, how to be, and what is important.
Is what I want to teach them being adequately represented by my words and actions? Not really.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I think that much good is lived out before them, but there is something I need to be better at, and that is demonstrating how much I love them by the time and focused attention I give them, individually and as a group.
I have, in my busyness, fallen into the trap of "being with" them often, cooking wonderfully hospitable meals and creating a place of welcome, but not so often "doing with."
I think that is the longing of every child's heart of the adults in their lives.
I want to do better at this. I want to teach them by my attention and time (while they still want it!) that they are precious and important.
I want to know them more intimately and share the adventure of life with them more fully, while I can.
There will be times when I am just exhausted; I am not just a grandmother, after all. But that role can be taken up a notch and I want to do better at it.
For all the children in our lives, who need to be loved with all of our hearts and energy, I pray that God will teach us how to love well.