Well, humble pie is a lot like stewed carrots. It doesn’t taste very good, but it is good for you. I have to write this post choking down a little humble pie of my own. And it comes to me courtesy of a story I read about Devin Hester, one of the most exciting players currently in the NFL.
What he shared though, at this event struck a chord with me. He spoke (as you can read in this article) about how he wants more than anything, for his kid(s) to say that he was a great dad. That is more important to him then success on the field or fame and fortune. In fact being a good dad is so important to him, and something he sees as important to a child’s development, that he has begun writing a monthly column in Chicago Parent magazine.
This resonated with me as I was trying to get this post put together. As I was reading the stories linked to above, and deciding what angle to write my post from, my 2 year old daughter came into the kitchen where I was working, to see what I was doing. She and her sister had been in the living room watching a movie but she had become bored and wandered out to see me. My reaction, I am ashamed to say, was to try and encourage her back to the movie, so I could post my blog. She wasn’t interested in the movie anymore, she wanted some quality daddy time. She asked to sit on my lap, and I let her. I clicked back on the story, and as I read it, I was convicted that I was guilty of not taking this chance to love on her and receive her affection, too. I quietly, closed the article, pushed the laptop away and turned my attention to her. We interacted for a few minutes and then she contentedly went back to the movie.
Point made. Lessons learned. Here are the thoughts that I have from this mornings experience.
1- Times like this when my precious daughter wants to snuggle with me and just be with me are many now, but will get fewer. I need to take advantage of each one, because they are all a treasure beyond value.
3- Work is never more important than family. I believe that healthy priorities in this life go in this order. 1- Relationship with God, 2- Relationship with spouse, 3- Children/family 4- work, 5- everything else. I had this confirmed at a conference I attended last week. Pastor Mark Driscoll was talking about the importance of friendship with your spouse as you work through this life, whatever your vocation is. He spoke about many famous Christians in history who had terrible family lives because they sacrificed family for their work, Yet, this morning, I chose my blog (a hobby of mine) over quality time with my cherished daughter. The irony of the situation was not lost on me. I was not spending time with my daughter because I was eye deep in articles to read so I could post some thoughts on a football player who wants to encourage men to be a good dad.
4- The final thought that came to me about quality parent/child time was that I am posting this and having all these thoughts on September 13, 2011. Today is my parents 43rd wedding anniversary. I would have very much enjoyed being able to step out of what I am doing and spend some quality time with them on this day that celebrates their marriage and partnership in life over all these years. But they are 2000 miles away so I will have to use my blog instead to say: Happy Anniversary mom and dad, May you have many, many MANY more wonderful years together. I love you both very much!
And as a thank you/tribute to Devin Hester’s skills and the part he played in this post, here is a compilation of all of his record 14 return TD’s enjoy!