Yesterday morning I was listening to the radio and a man called in who was talking about his kids. His kids are grown now and he mentioned that the thing he misses most is tucking them in bed and kissing them goodnight. He concluded that he can't wait to have grandkids so that he can spoil them rotten. For whatever reason that statement really hit me. Out of all the experiences and things that he did over those parenting years it was those moments at night in his kid's bedrooms that he misses most. I think it hit me because I often give the leftovers of my energy and attention to those moments with my kids at night and try and just get through it and arrive on the couch where I can finally rest and have some 'me' time. But it is those moments where I really can impact them, show them I care and converse with them about the things that are in their heart.
You know alot of people, especially in the church, when asked what is most important to them will say, "God, my spouse and my kids." However it is these three 'priorities' to whom we often serve leftovers. We give God a quick prayer over dinner or fall asleep praying to Him at night. We give our spouse a quick nod as we pass each other in the hallway. We shuttle our kids around and get them in bed without much meaningful interaction. I was reminded of a verse in Malachi 1 where God is rebuking the priests for not bringing Him their best offerings. It says in verse 8, '8 When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?" says the LORD Almighty' So my action point is to try harder to give my best to the God and people who I say are most important to me.