I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day.
After ten days of wonderful chaos, our home is again quiet. For the past week and a half our children and grandchildren were visiting from Michigan, Oklahoma, Missouri and Colorado. Last Sunday, all 16 grandchildren were in church along with their parents. The oldest grandchild is 11 and the youngest a year and a half. Our house was literally bursting at the seams. It was at times total chaos - and we loved every minute of it. My office at home became a bedroom, which meant our bathroom became my study!
I have just a handful of regrets in life - no need to detail them to you - but I never regretted making my children and family a high priority. We decided early on that Connie would stay home for the kids and be there when they got home. Having a newer car or a fancier home were not as important as raising our family. Family activities were essential. I had a busy schedule and emergencies arose that demanded me being gone unexpectedly. But we worked hard at keeping priorities in order. My Dad said often, "Give your kids the time of day." That didn't mean tell them the time, it meant spend time with them.
My good friend Stan Giles who is now in heaven once wisely said to me: "Doug, I take my children on vacations I cannot afford, to give them memories they cannot afford to be without!" That was good advice: and we followed it.
The great missionary David Livingstone once wrote to a friend, "I hope you are playing with your children .... In looking back ... I have one regret, and that is that I did not feel it my duty to play with my children as much as to teach the [natives]. I worked very hard at that, and was tired out at night. Now I have none to play with. So, my good friend, play while you may. They will soon be no longer children"
Children - and grandchildren - are God's gifts. Let them know it not just verbally but also by spending time with them.