My 2 Most Important Jobs
My kids hate my computer. A few weeks ago they told me that they want me to stop writing so that I can give them some attention. Ouch.
It’s true that both my kids can be a bit overdramatic and are not good at playing by themselves, but as much as I want to reason their comments away, I can’t. God has been confirming in my heart that their words are pretty accurate.
Lately I have been so caught up in finding ways to make money with my writing, I’ve lost sight of the most important thing that I have – those kids. Most days find my crouched at the computer, wishing my kids would just leave me alone so that I can get some work done (or, to be brutally honest, social networking or blog perusing). That makes me really sad.
I read an awesome ebook the other day called Unwired Mom, and it felt good to know that I’m not the only one who struggles fitting the pull of modern technology into life as a mom.
I want my kids to remember me investing in their lives, not me sitting at the computer, ignoring them or yelling at them while they play. Or there’s me at the computer while they watch one (or three or four) too many TV shows. Let’s not even get started on the ignoring I can wherever we are with the iPhone.
While I do need to write (we have this great goal of freedom from debt!) I also need to make sure that I am truly living my real life and not missing out on all these precious days with my kids. I am physically with my kids a lot, but I am often not emotionally there. And if I am not truly there for them, teaching them character and truth, there is a whole world out there that is eager to show them a whole different kind of “truth.” That thought scares me so much!
I’ve been praying to God for some balance the last few months and have only be writing those few things that I do make money doing (which doesn’t include this blog ).
I encourage you today to look at your priorities. Are you living them out? In 20 years what will you look back on these days and think? What is most important to you?
My relationship to God, my marriage and my kids are at the top of my list, but often you wouldn’t know it if you could take a peek into my life.
But, by God’s grace, I am determined to live a life of few regrets. And for me, that means living life a little more unplugged.