Here we go again with another “Five Minute Friday” post! To learn more about “Five Minute Friday” (FMF), check out the linked image here. Basically, each week there’s a word given for you to write about. You start writing, no back-tracking, editing, etc. At the end of 5 minutes, you stop. Then you post it, and share in the community of words that were birthed during these 24-ish hours. It’s cool stuff.
So here’s this week’s response to the word: “opportunity ”
It’s a word that hit’s home. Sometimes as an accusation, and sometimes just as a soft reminder. My children are not simply asking for my time. They’re not running to me when I come home from work, looking for ways to add to my “to do” list. They’re offering me opportunities.
It’s easier to remember sometimes than others. When they’re smiling in the afternoon sun, sliding down the hill on the brand new tube I got for them last year. We’ve waited a loooong time to be able to enjoy this moment. My 3 year old in the seat in front of me, and I’m dragging my hands in the snow behind us, steering us away from the tree on the left, and the slight hole on the right. We arrive at the bottom, and the tube spins around just a bit. She’s still screaming with joy, as she stands up and turns around, begging to do it again. Just 5 minutes ago, she was terrified that I even offered to let her sit on that tube.
But she was convinced by her daddy to see the challenge as an opportunity.
I want to ride these moments of parenting with that same joy. I want to reach out to them in their unexpected moments of need, not with the dutiful dedication of a parent who wants to be responsible….but with the heart of a father who wants to express the joy of parenting and the love of his children with every step of the journey….
Gorp. Times up.
What is something you’ve been going through the motions of…..that perhaps God is reminding you of how precious an opportunity you have??