Bought by the Blood

November 12, 2009

Savoring Time With Our Kids

The following is an excerpt from Voddie Baucham Jr.’s book “Family Driven Faith.”

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When Joe Gibbs retired from coaching (he later returned to the profession), a reporter asked him why he was calling it quits when he seemed to be on top of his game.  Gibb’s response is legendary.  He said he went home one evening after one of his legendary twelve-or fourteen hour days and decided to go kiss his boys good night.  He went into their rooms only to discover they had become men, and he had missed it!

Joe Gibbs learned a lesson that far too many parents learn way too late.  Time is precious, and you only get one chance to raise your children.  They are only young once, and they are only in your home for a short while.  Once they are born the clock starts ticking, and there nothing you can do to stop it or slow it down.  Your only hope is to make the most of the time you have.  I’m sure Joe Gibbs would tell you that none of the trophies, money, or accolades he earned as an NFL head coach was worth the price he, and especially his children, paid.

I look at my daughter sometimes, and I just want to weep.  As I write this, she is fifteen years old.  She has gone from a precious little bundle of joy to a beautiful young woman right before my eyes.  In a few short years she will  be gone.  My old son is only a few years behind her.  I constantly pray that God will give me ways to cheat the clock and multiply out our time together.  I want to savor every moment.  That mean I have to make the effort.

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1 Comment »

  1. It’s really True – Time is very precious. We have to spend every moment & everyday of our lives at Best for our Family & Loved-Ones…

    Comment by Andy — November 12, 2009 @ 10:47 pm | Reply


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