Like ice cream and onion rings, too much of a good thing can be bad. Today I spent most of the day with my ear glued to the telephone receiver. It’s not that I had a need to talk to friends all day, but apparently I’ve been neglecting a few folks and they all heard I’d be home today.
Beginning at eight a.m., I logged in ten phone calls, three of which lasted nearly an hour. (No, I don’t really write them down. I’m compulsive, but give me a break!) It’s been hours since the last call and my right ear still looks like it was dipped in strawberry Kool-Aid. Each and every call was good. If I’m being honest, some better than others, BUT, too much of a good thing can be bad.
Ben (6) watched 2 1/2 hours of Davey and Goliath videos. (Again…too much of a good thing…you get the point.) Caleb (4) wrote his own book and then sprawled on the floor at my feet to “read” it to me while I finished edits on the novel. Kadi stripped her bedroom walls of everything and hid stuff in the closet. Tomorrow we paint!
The point is (aside from paint shopping with Kadi), none of the kids got much “Mom-time.” It was wonderful to catch up with friends, but I failed the people who mean the most to me. It’s after 10 p.m. now and I also realized that I failed to spend any time with my Best friend. Jesus waited for me in my prayer chair, and I didn’t show up. That doesn’t happen often, but when it does, my heart breaks…and so does His.
So many things are worthy of my time and attention, but sometimes too much of a GOOD thing can be bad, including talking on the phone with friends, or working on the computer. I need to make sure my priorities are in order…God, family, and service to others.
Ice cream, anyone?