Do you have to do lists? Well I do, they help keep me on track and focused. However, sometimes I become so focused on completing ALL the tasks that I miss out on treasuring up the significant moments or sweet spoken words my children delight in sharing with me. These are moments that I will reflect on, smile over and cry over as my children grow older. So why is completing the tasks on a list so important? The answer is no list is more important than taking a few minutes out to enjoy what our children give us.
Micah and I were at Academy this past weekend getting a new swing for the swing set. As we were getting in the car Micah told me he wanted to buckle his seat belt. We were kind of pressed for time and my first thought was 'no mommy will do it, we gotta go,' but I heard a soft voice tell me to wait on him. As I was watching him he said, "Turn your head I want it to be a surprise, I'll tell you when to look." So I turned my head and waited and waited and waited. We sat there for about five minutes. He finally said, 'Mommy will you help?" He didn't get the seat belt buckled but what I saw was by far more important than buckling a seat belt. I saw my son illustrating determination, persistence, patience, and a desire to show mommy he was becoming a big boy. It was a moment to treasure up.
"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." (Luke 2:19, 2:51)