Wednesday, August 3, 2011

People Matter

One of the books I've been reading and studying this summer issues a challenge to carve out time for the people in our lives who are our top priority.  You know what I mean, living on purpose, by design with those we love; not just squeezing in time for them or throwing them the proverbial bone when we are done with everything else.  But really setting aside other things to show them just how much we love them and that they matter.

Our most ambitious quest in this life should be to seek more intimacy with God, spouses, children and friends.  The only way to know someone more intimately is to spend more time with them.  Neglecting those precious loved ones can be harmful to our most valuable relationships.  We are capable of poisoning our future with loved ones by simply mishandling the present.  I think of the marriages lost, the children who act out because they feel ignored and abandoned, the friend who falls by the wayside because we forgot to call.

God has taught us to how to love through the sacrifice of His own son.  Why would anyone give up their son?  Because, people matter to God, we matter to God...enough for Him to give up the most precious thing to Him...Jesus.  So then, people should matter to us.  What are we willing to give up so that they feel valued and precious?  If God can give up His Son for me, surely I can give up a phone call, a TV show or a night in front of the computer for my loved ones.  I know this life doesn't make it easy to put aside distractions and focus on people.  Life is hard and times are tough for many of us.  But the very heart of what gets us through this life and tough times is our family and our friends.  The memories that we make can carry us through a lot and tell a wonderful story.  After all home is where our story begins.

Sometimes, as evening is drawing near, I like to get away to a quiet place by myself and mentally, spiritually wash the dirt of the day away.  I close my eyes and get up on His lap, lay my head on His shoulder and just stay there a minute.  I can almost hear Him whispering in my ear how much He loves me.  I can almost feel the touch of His hand on my hair.  There, in that moment, I give up my day to Him, cast my cares on Him.  Dear Heart, I actually feel refreshed and clean and ready for time to spend with my family.

I pray that today my family feels cherished by me.  I purpose in my heart to let them know that they matter...to God, to me, to the world.  And Lord, I lift up each of my readers and pray that they each know how much they matter to you!  You are a good and faithful Father who never leaves or forsakes us!

From His Lap,

17 comments:

  1. Erin, this is beautiful and so true. As we age, family memories become even more important. Lives get too busy to get together for that BBQ or picnic and that should never be. Purpose the time! :-)

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  2. As you said, this is "on purpose" living. We must "on purpose" pursue Him. We must "on purpose" seek relationships with family and friends. It's intentional living, not chance living. Nice post.

    Thank you for visiting my blog this morning. What a blessing it is to connect with like-minded sisters.

    Have a wonderful day...

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  3. John 7:38 "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."

    THANK YOU for tweeting me this! It was DEFINITELY something I needed to hear. I've been neglecting my husband lately because of so many other "obligations" whci of course has led way to arguments & hurt feelings lately. God surely used you!!

    http://bowlofinspiration.blogspot.com

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  4. What a beautiful post! I love this: "The only way to know someone more intimately is to spend more time with them." So very true indeed and wise words to be heeded! ~Love & Hugs, Mitzi

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  5. Hi Erin - This is a lovely post and a great reminder for me to show those I love that I DO love and cherish them. Thanks for that.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  6. Patti,
    I think I first started realizing this when I suddenly lost my mom in 2004. I've tried so hard to make every day since then, count!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  7. Stefanie,
    Thank you so much for stopping by. I was so happy to find your blog...sisters, indeed!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  8. Lisa,
    I'm so glad that my post struck an accord with you!! I left you a comment on your blog. It's beautiful...your blog!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  9. Mitzi,
    Thank you so much for visiting! I feel like I know you a little more each time we connect!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  10. Tracy,
    I'm purposing in my heart to make every day count with the ones I love!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  11. This is awesome! I'm sending you a virtual hug from www.stopalongtheway.blogspot.com. :o)

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  12. Aw, Kristin, thank you so much! Hugs right back to you!!
    Blessings,
    Erin

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  13. I seem to be in a dead zone right now. My 3 teens don't really like to spend time with their mom, but when they do condescend to my level it's fun to be with them...lol

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  14. Ahhh, Becky Jane! I remember those days!! Now that 5 of mine are grown, they are much more attentive!
    Your time will come! I promise!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  15. sorry; I didn't have time to read this post.

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  16. just kidding-

    a 'timely' post, erin-

    I don't think you have done this, but can you post a link to this blog on your google page?-

    thanks
    george

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  17. I posted it on google+ yesterday, George!

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