A few hours ago, I was doing an errand with my 24 year old daughter. I forget the specific words she used, but it was something along the lines of, “it was so helpful for me growing up to know you would always take time for me and be willing to talk about anything that I brought up. You were always there to help me.”
When I heard those words, I tried to mention to her (but I got a little choked up doing so), ” I can’t even imagine not being involved in your life – I love you so much”
What struck me as I tried to voice those words was the very real pain I could imagine feeling if I were not involved in my kids’ lives.
Fathers, actually all parents I would like to express the following to: never, ever underestimate the HUGE influence you are in your kid’s lives. Your attention to their lives is so important and if you are not watchful, you can totally miss the precious gift of a relationship with your kids that you can have.
I understand that we are all busy, but please never, ever get so used to seeing your kids around that you take them for granted because they will not always be around. Once they are gone, it is hard to get them back.
Beginning today, move beyond having good intentions and BE INTENTIONAL about spending time with your children now, while you can. Avoid the feelings and scars of future REGRETs because of mixed up priorities today.