Make Time Matter
Do you ever find yourself saying “time, slow down” as you go through your week?
It seems as though there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete tasks or to simply enjoy my family. I can find myself rushing through the day to drop kids off and pick them up, get chores done, finish my checklist, and crash at the end of the day.
Some parents are naturally wired to schedule things. Some just aren’t. I can sometimes be so task oriented that the important relationships in my life can get scheduled out.
Regardless of how scheduled or unscheduled you are, there are a couple of things you can do to help make the most of your time with your family:
1) MARK IT UP
As a mom, I am constantly filling my days with appointments, deadlines, and tasks that always feel urgent. If I’m not intentional, that’s ALL that will get space on my calendar. So, once every month or so, I look at my calendar and schedule the things that no one is asking me to schedule.
I mark up the calendar with things like:
Take the kids to the park.
Have a date night.
Do a family night devotion.
That may sound silly, but by marking my calendar with these important things, it reserves the time and makes sure that nothing else gets in the way.
2) MEASURE IT OUT
Most days are pretty typical and can even become monotonous. But one of the best ways to make the most of every week is to create some habits.
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says, “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
What I love about this passage of scripture is that Moses is writing to God’s people, instructing them to make the most of the time already built into their day to pour into their families. When they wake up, when they are on the road, and when they go to bed.
What do you do every morning at breakfast?
What if part of your breakfast routine just became looking for ways to encourage your children?
When do you eat together?
You don’t have to make a home-cooked meal to have a conversation. What if one meal a day was a media-free time when you were intentional about having a conversation with your child?
What’s the last thing you do before your children go to bed at night?
Every day ends the same way. We go to bed. So what’s your bedtime routine? How do you make the most of the moments right before your son or daughter drifts off to sleep?
Making sure time doesn’t get away from us isn’t easy. But we don’t need vacations or special days to make the most of our time. Let’s use the time we’ve already been given in the very best way possible.
Don’t let life fly by and forget to make moments that count!