I still haven’t totally come to grips with this, but our oldest daughter, Ashlyn, will be graduating from high school this year. I have to admit this is one area of my life where I choose to live in denial. Seems like just yesterday that Melanie was calling to let me know she had a surprise for me. I remember lying on the couch, watching television and wondering if she was bringing home a puppy. Boy was I shocked when she arrived, had me close my eyes and placed into my hands a mug shaped like a pregnant belly with a balloon attached that said, “Congratulations, you are going to be a Daddy!” Now here I am all these years later with three more children and hair that is gray, thinning or just plain falling out.
Watching our children grow like weeds and understanding that my next heart beat is no guarantee, I’ve been challenged lately with whether I live my life with enough intentionality. Am I using wisely the time, resources and gifts that the Lord has blessed me with? Am I a good steward of my relationships with my wife and children? Am I encouraging them enough in their relationship with the Lord? How much time and energy do I waste on things with no eternal purpose? In response to these questions, I am definitely not where I would like to be. But, the good news is that as I seek the Lord for wisdom on how to become more intentional, I am confident that He will guide me. I know that as I spend time with Him, He will help me to spend my days with a greater purpose in mind!