So often, it seems, I allow myself to get all bogged down in 'what I have to do'. And, it IS true that as a mother of four little ones, there is ALWAYS something I could be doing. Sometimes I feel like I'm multi-tasking 24/7. I've got dinner on the stove, a baby on my hip, a piano student ready to come, two kids napping, another child needing my attention or help on the potty.....all at the same time. And I think......aaaghhhh!!! How many things can ONE mama do at the same time?
But then, I read a blog about a Mama whose child has cancer. I hear about an acquaintance who lost a baby. I hear about struggles that friends are going through. I remember losing my OWN Mama.
And I think.....how silly of me. How silly to get all bogged down in the things that don't matter. Well, okay, they do matter. Because my family does need dinner. And my baby does need a clean diaper. And my children do need care and 'looking after, and my house does need cleaned.....and so on and so forth.
But when I let those things suck up all my joy....instead of finding the joy in them, that's a shame. Or, when I miss the sweet moments, because I'm too busy trying to do everything perfectly. What a shame. I hear about all these sad stories....and I think about how much I miss my own Mom........and I am more determined than ever to catch every minute, to find the joy (because most of the time, the joy isn't 'hiding', I've just closed my stubborn eyes), to LOVE my family, and to serve my Jesus.
I caught a moment tonight. A moment I may have missed if I hadn't taken the time. But I took the time. And this is what I caught:
Two brothers. One who is supposed to be asleep on the BOTTOM bunk, but persists in moving up with his big brother night after night. And hey, when they're sleeping so peacefully, and causing no problems, and make for such CUTE pictures....well, who am I to argue? :)
Catch the moments. Even those moments when you're doing dirty dishes or stuck in rush-hour traffic, or some other nasty chore......find the joy. Life is so fragile, and I don't want to look back with any regrets!