Man today has been crazy! Not unusual or out of the ordinary mind you…just another typical crazy day. When your kids get older and more involved in activities, it seems like you are just running ragged almost everyday. In the midst of all this, I have discovered a phenomenon that has occurred in our house. Some of you may be able to relate to this, and some maybe not. We have began investing tons of time in the future. Garrett wants to play college baseball and attend a good university. Amanda wants to go back to gymnastics and become a baker. Caleb wants to play soccer and every other sport that we will let him play. Gavin wants to learn to play as many musical instruments as possible and he wants to work with animals maybe. In the midst of all these precious arrows of mine growing up, we are constantly planning and looking ahead for them. Play for this team, take this private lesson, go to this camp, take this class. Whew! I’m exhausted just talkin’ about it.
Now you might be thinking, that’s not a phenomenon. Lots of people do that. It’s very common. And I would agree. But the phenomenon is this. In the midst of this lifestyle of investing in each individual kids’ aspirations, hopes and dreams, we have neglected one huge thing. We are so busy enjoying and living life as individuals that we have honestly forgotten how to enjoy life together. Everyone seems to be living in their own world. We are not living life as a family, together, today. We are constantly looking ahead, as individuals, to tomorrow.
God’s Word whispers loudly to me right here with these words, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 We have gotten a little off track here in recent months as a family. We have been investing in and worrying about the future at the expense of today. We have created an atmosphere that does more planning than living and more discussing than enjoying. We have neglected living life today on a daily basis. And we have neglected enjoying each other.
Now I know a lot you dads and moms out there, fellow trees like me and my wife, can relate to every word. Some of you maybe not cause your kids are younger, but lemme tell ya….it’s comin’. Let me encourage all of us. Do not neglect today at the expense of tomorrow. Do not pursue life as individuals and neglect togetherness. We must invest in Today & Togetherness. This is a true investment of love that God desires much more than constantly planning the future that we do not control and cannot predict. So my prayer for all of us parents with little arrows we are trying to raise up and care for so that we can shoot them straightly out into the world, let’s make our primary investment an investment of love. An investment in our family that embraces today and enjoys life together and trusts God with the future.