It’s the end of a long day. Your to-do list at work (or home) didn’t seem to get any shorter today, as more emails came in and more requests were made of you. Almost nothing got scratched off. And tomorrow has it’s own list. You certainly could use a night to catch up on all the “urgent” things you need to do. But instead, you’ll spend a night investing in kids–kids that you did not birth, but kids that God has clearly set in your path.
You’ll bend down to listen to them, because that’s what the Father does (Psalm 116:2).
You’ll ask them heart-felt questions, because that’s what the Father does (Genesis 3:11).
You’ll love them unconditionally, because that’s what the Father does (1 John 4:19).
Years from now, those to-do lists will be long-forgotten. But the truth you sow into those kids will become a foundation on which they will build an abundant life. One of those kids needs to hear that God truly values her. One of those kids needs to know that you see real leadership qualities in him. One of those kids (yeah, that really quiet one) needs to know that she is heard. All of them need to know that our ever-faithful God is with them no matter where they go.
So trust that you are making the right decision when you give yourself and your time to the next generation. Be assured, you spent wisely.
Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. – Matthew 6:20