Investing the Coin of Your Life in Children
I remember sitting in class during middle school staring at the clock and thinking that “time was really dragging” or, maybe, time had actually come to a stop. Now, I look in the mirror and realized that “time is slipping away.” I guess I’m getting older. Or, according to Zall’s Second Law stating, “How long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom door you stand” I’m just standing on the wrong side of the door. On the other hand, I do wish “time would stand still” sometimes; but it just “keeps marching on.” I realize how much “time has slipped through my fingers” when I take the time to really look at my teenage daughters. They are so “grown up.” Man, “time flies.” “Where did all the time go?”
Carl Sandburg was right: “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Sounds a lot like the saying “Time is Money.” No, “time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you can’t get more time” (Jim Rohn). So, how do you spend that currency we call time? Take time right now to “put your money where your mouth is” and consider: Does your expenditure of time reflect your true priorities? Or, is the busy-ness of life robbing the “coin of your life”? Does your time expenditure reveal that your lesser priorities (like sports, music, recreation, even work) have pushed out your more significant priorities (like family, spouse, children)? Have the insignificant and unimportant aspects of life robbed your children of the “coin” you really want to invest in them?
Remember, children “spell love, T-I-M-E.” If you “spend” more time on the newspaper, video games, the sports channel, music, your car, or exercise, your children will believe those things more important to you than they are. “Time is the coin of your life.” Your children are watching to see how you spend that coin. Take some time this week and spend time on your children. Play a game. Eat together. Go for a walk. Have a talk. Play catch. Listen to some music. Play a video game together. Each coin of time you invest in your children offers priceless dividends in return. After all, “you have to spend a little to make a little” or, better yet, invest a lot to gain a lot!