The last several weeks have been crazy for us. Our third-born child turned 13 this week. My brother in law had surgery yesterday. The appelant brief in my niece’s custody hearing were filed. In just a few short weeks, our oldest graduates high school. In Michigan that means that you have to throw an ‘open house’ for your graduate, which we perceive to be half honoring your child and the people significant in his life and half begging for money.
In a few months, we’ll be taking our oldest to college. Very weird to be in that position. Weeks after that, our middlest turns 16. So many milestone events in one year is somewhat tough to grasp.
Any of these events would be cause for reflection on past events, but I find myself helplessly trapped reminiscing. More than reminiscing, though, is the nagging questions about whether the time was spent in the best way possible. It hasn’t helped going through all of the pictures of the last 18 years while looking for pictures for the open house.
The ‘analysis’ of how I’ve used my time has been rather convicting, but is this conviction necessary? Is it strictly an American concept that awake time must be productive time? Is it okay to just ‘chill’, or should every minute of every day be spent towards creative and proactive parenting?
If you think these questions are tough, what happens when we apply the same analysis to our discipleship? Even the best parents will get a little twinge when evaluating their parenting, but how much more so will Christians when they evaluate their submission to Christ.
This has been on my heart for some time. I’m not sure I’m getting a very high return on my time investment. How about you?