The other day I was busy working and my son asked for something to eat, so I gave him a snack. Five minutes later he was thirsty. A few minutes after, “Mom, can I watch something, please?”
“Honey, I am trying to work here, go play.” At that moment I began to get a little stressed.
“Mom, I’m hungry again,”
“Mom, can you fix this toy?”
“Mom, play with me.”
By now I am more concerned about my work getting done than helping my child. I am overwhelmed by so many requests that I snap at him, “Leave me alone! Can’t you see I’m working? Go to your play room.”
Before he goes sadly to his play room, he says “I love you, Mom.”
Hold on, did I hear right? Did my son just say that he loved me after the way I’ve been treating him? This made me feel really bad, like the worst mom ever. What did I just do? He is my son. What is wrong with me? Nothing is more important than him!
Have you ever felt that way? Maybe you don’t have a child, but you may have treated someone unfairly because you were too busy. Sometimes we get caught up in all of life’s activities and we get overwhelmed and stressed, causing us to mistreat and hurt people, especially those closest to us. We tell them to leave us alone because we’re too busy, and then we wonder why nobody is around when we need them.
Many times we act this way with God. Just like my son wanted to spend time with me, God is next to us asking us to spend time with him. He wants to share special moments with us, but many times we push him away. All God says is: “I Love You!”
Take time today to talk with God. Throughout the day, tell him what you are going through. I know he sees and knows everything, but he wants to hear it from you. He wants you to acknowledge his presence. He wants to bless you and love you more than you could ever imagine! He wants you to know that he is available 24/7 for you!
If you haven’t yet done so, make a commitment to begin your day communicating with God and treating your family with love. When you learn this, it will result in happiness for you, for God, and for your family, and of course, success in your work, inside and outside the home.
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much” (Ephesians 2:4, NLT).