You Put Your Whole Self In…

April 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Family

By Robin J. Steinweg –

“Is this your youngest? He’s so tall! When did he mature so much?”

Startled, I looked at my son through my friend’s eyes. He had grown tall. How had I missed this latest spurt? How long was I not really paying attention? Once I’d had every eyelash, every mole, each dimpled finger memorized; his hairline mapped out; the pitch of his voice was the refrain that wound through my mind like an 8-track loop.

What things had I put my whole self into instead? A novel or a project can capture my focus, so my attention and energy converge to one point. The external world fades. I even forget meals. Most often it’s the pressure of my To-Do list.

Now properly jolted, I reacquainted myself with the features of this young man of mine. I contemplated his choice of words—the things that make him laugh or concern him—listened with care. I saw and jumped on the opportunity to ride with him in the car once a week to his choir and art classes. This had been my free morning; now it was the morning I was free to spend my most precious commodity on him.

Time.

Two captured hours with my son in the car one morning a week until the end of the semester. I’ve been told that I’ve made a sacrifice. Hmm—balance this one on the scales: my son on one hand, a few hours of my time on the other. In terms of sacrifice, I feel as though God has provided the lamb. He has gifted me with an opportunity to “put my whole self in,” as the song goes. My full focus and attention can converge to this one point. The external world can fade. My To-Do list can wait, my son’s maturing won’t.

Seconds expire the same instant they spring up. I’ll put my whole self into these!

QUOTE: “You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.” –James Matthew Barrie

“For everything there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV).

Today’s devotional is by Robin J. Steinweg. Robin’s life might be described using the game Twister: the colored dots are all occupied, limbs intertwine (hopefully not to the point of tangling), and you never know which dot the arrow will point to next, but it sure is fun getting there!

About Robin Steinweg

Today’s devotional is by Robin J. Steinweg. Robin’s life might be described using the game Twister: the colored dots are all occupied, limbs intertwine (hopefully not to the point of tangling), and you never know which dot the arrow will point to next, but it sure is fun getting there!

Comments

6 Responses to “You Put Your Whole Self In…”
  1. Robin, you have a real gift for taking everyday situations and sayings, and sharpening us in the process, so that we are equipped to be used more for God’s service and to grow more in our relationships with Him. I know your son has been glad to have your gift of time, your God is glad to have your gift of surrender, and your readers are glad to have the gift of your words.

  2. Lori Lipsky says:

    We are to love our children. Love takes time. Thank you for this sweet reminder, Robin.

    • Robin J. Steinweg says:

      Thank you, Kathy. You’ve certainly spotlighted my heart’s desire, to be faithful in the everyday stuff. And when we do that, we’re the ones who get blessed, right?

    • Robin J. Steinweg says:

      Boy, you sure know it, Lori! How often I’ve read your words and been reminded of how precious our time with loved ones is. Thanks.

  3. Vicky Dresser says:

    Robin,
    I’ve put my right foot in to my 4 children’s lives; I’ve put my left foot in there, too; I’ve added my right and left arms at times, and even got my head in when I was so busy, but do I ever wish I could go back and put more of my whole attention on each of them. Your words have inspired me to try harder now even though they are mostly out of our house.We are at least doing better with our granddaughter. More than just my own kids and husband, I really want to spend more time with my younger sister, you of course. NOW, THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT! Love you, Robin!Thank you!

    • Robin J. Steinweg says:

      Vicky, you must be the poster lady for puttin’ your whole self in. Thanks for commenting (kindly :) !), and it’s mutual. Love ya!

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