Today I was sitting in the “Big Red Chair” in the living room, listing to an podcast and doing some research for a sermon series I got an idea for this morning. I had just gotten situated and rolling when out of the corner of my eye I catch my daughter skipping by. Then behind me, over the volume of my iPod, I hear a “THUMP” and the crying started. I knew immediately that Kailee had run into the column going into the kitchen. I also knew she was fine (not the first time this has happened, nor will it be the last). The worst it could be was a bruised knee or arm. Still, she came to her daddy in tears.
Now “The Choice”. Give my girl a hug, tell her “toughen up, you are o.k., go on” and keep working, or take a few minutes and be daddy. Honestly, I wanted to do the former. But you know, what I was doing would still be there 15 minutes later. Web pages were not going to disappear. Pod cast can be paused. Thoughts will come back to me…maybe…with a little prompting. But my girl, this moment, is right here right now and will not happen again. Ten years from now I can only hope she will want to come and sit down in the “Big Red Chair” with her dad, cry on my shoulder and tell me all about it when she gets hurt…but if I won’t sit with her today I know she is not going to want to sit with me tomorrow.
So I ask my girl if she wanted to come sit with me and she quickly crawled over the arm of the chair to get into my lap. We cried together over her boo boo, then the "Tickle Bugs" and "The Claw" attacked and we laughed and played for 15 minutes. Probably the best 15 minutes I will spend all day. Soon she forgot about her boo boo and with a kiss on the cheek was on her way, heading to do whatever it was she was heading to do when she ran into the column.
Where are your priorities? What would you have done? Many times I blow it. I do not always get it right, but I got it right this time. If you save a company, make millions of dollars, create millions of jobs, write a book that changes the world, or even create and teach a sermon series that changes lives or build a church that has thousands of people in attendance every Sunday, but lose your family in the process you have accomplished nothing. Do something important today by putting aside the unimportant stuff (which may be your job, your "To Do List", your appointment book, your hobby, your TV show, etc.) for a few minutes and spend some time with your family. The moment you take today is one you can't get back tomorrow.