12.11.2012

Where is the Time Going?

13 More Days 'Til Christmas!!
We're almost halfway through December!  It seems each day is filled with some activity or another.  I'm enjoying it, but I'm ready for the relaxing vacation to begin as well.  :-)

Years ago I remember a talk that made a great impression on me.  It was actually just one statement really.  The man was talking about his daughter's senior year in high school.  Somehow she had sustained an injury and was "down" the rest of the year.  Being their youngest child, he and his wife noticed a considerable difference between her final year of school and their other kids.'  Then he said, "It was the most beautiful year we'd ever had."  He explained the reason it was so beautiful was because her injury had slowed them down.  They had more time with her.  At the end of it they didn't feel the normal question burning, "Where did all the time go?"

As I was driving from one place to another today, that talk popped into my mind.  When we are bustling and busy, we are bound to ask that question.  On the other hand, when we slow down to read one more story to our children, to play a game, or to just sit and listen to them, we don't feel that loss of time so drastically.  It may just be a minute or two in our day, but that minute or two will be precious to our children...and for us as well!

"Isn't it true that we often get so busy? ...I think of our Lord and Exemplar, Jesus Christ, and His short life among the people of Galilee and Jerusalem.  I have tried to imagine Him bustling between meetings or multitasking to get a list of urgent things accomplished.  I can't see it.  Instead I see the compassionate and caring Son of God purposefully living each day.  When He interacted with those around Him, they felt important and loved... He blessed them, ministered to them.  
He lifted them up, healed them.  
He gave them the precious 
gift of His time."  
 - - President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Ensign Nov. 2012 - - 

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