This one is personal. Here is my one picture to summarize a good day. Dogs and kids playing together outside and hanging out in the grass with family and friends that might as well be called family. That is a good day. What happened to these? This is what everyday is supposed to be like. Not just the holidays. Yet somehow over time, what was frequent, moved to weekends, then to a few times a month, then to maybe once a year, and for some even less. Why? So we could make a little extra money? No that’s probably not really it. Maybe its because everyone else thinks that we should, so we do, even though we don’t really want to. So instead of loving God and each other being our priority, it becomes making money and being the best at what we do. Then 60 years down the road we realize that work is not the most important thing, that status doesn’t matter, and that enjoying life does. I see this in our office everyday. Patients that come in wiped out emotionally and physically from years of abusing their bodies to get ahead in life. Now they are a ahead but are too tired to enjoy it. And so they spend lots of their hard earned money on us so that we can help them get back to enjoying life.
I see no point in continuing this trend and waste of a life. I vow to set an example for the little ones in this picture (and soon to be little ones) and to teach them that hard work is good, but rest and taking time to enjoy the blessings given to us are equally as important. There shall be no more go, go, go then rest when you die. That is not what God intended for our lives to be like. I will not only provide for my family but will spend time with them intentionally, and they will know that I love them. I will teach them what I have learned and do my best to pass the torch. I pray that the rest of you do as well, and that God will bless our children by calling them, protecting them, and teaching them about himself and what he desires for us. I pray that they will learn the sense of balance and which we have lost and seek to regain and that they will learn it early in their lives. And I pray that they will keep their priorities where they need to be.