It is amazing just how quickly time passes! We are always rushing from one thing to another – school, sports, church, chores, homework, time with friends, family obligations, scouting activities, various classes, and the list just goes on. Chrytos said, “To survive we must begin to know sacredness. The pace at which most of us live prevents this.” How much time to we really spend in the present instead of just trying to get something done in order to reach the next event?
I know that I don’t spend enough time focusing on the here-and-now. At the end of the day, I look back and realize all of the little moments that I missed to truly be present in my boys’ lives. Yes, I am right there next to them, but instead of focusing on my little ones, I am thinking about what is on my to-do list. Even in planning special time for them, such as an up-coming birthday party, I seem to spend more time planning than I do actually enjoying the precious time that God has given me to spend with them.
One of the most sacred things in my life is my family. Over the past month, I have been able to slow our family’s pace which has allowed us to enjoy one another more but they desire more of my attention. As I continue to remove the activities and obligations from our lives that distract us from what is important, I strive to replace them with not just more time at home but more quality time together. I will never find the perfect balance of being in the moment and preparing, but I certainly don’t want to miss out on the sacred in my life by speeding through it. With that, I am slowing down the pace and focusing on what is sacred – my family!
Is your pace slow enough to know sacredness?