By Dr. Hope Murphy
As we hurry through everyday life, cramming every moment with items from a seemingly endless “must do” list, how often do we consider that time is precious? The time that we spend alone with God, time spent serving in our local church, time with our children, helping others, appreciating a sunset by the side of the road, and TIME with our spouse.
One of the things that I will always remember about my mother and father-in-law is that in the evenings, they would spend time together sitting in their kitchen, drinking coffee-Jeopardy playing in the background, while they talked about their day and made plans for the future. Sometimes, they would SHARE a slice of pie. My mother-in-law would reach across with her fork and break off a small piece of his pie. My father-in-law would laugh and ask her why she did not get a slice of her own. She would wink and say, “Because I like having some of your better.” (It was never about the pie. It was about building relationship through sharing.”)
The time that they spent together is all the more precious now since last month my mother-in-law had a mini-stroke. (We have every expectation that she will recover.) However, the time that they carved out each day to spend with each other, solidified a relationship that has lasted for 51 years of marriage.
Time is precious. Commit to spending it with people you love; doing what truly matters.
John 14:3 New International Version (NIV)
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.