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Monday, March 22, 2010

Hi, I'm Glynnis and I work too much.

While some people might proudly proclaim that as a "weakness" on a job interview, I claim it with regret. While I love to work, it definitely has the potential to lure me from other priorities, such as the people I love most in this world.

Working at home only makes it worse. It is always there! My desk is in the middle of everything - which is intentional so that I'm not somewhere behind a closed door. But I can see the work that needs to be done. Sadly, because of my personality, I often prefer work to having fun. I know that sounds impossible, but it's true.

Last week, a friend challenged me to have fun with my kids on Spring Break.

I thought, How hard can that be?

Actually, it's pretty hard when you are used to working all the time. In fact, it wasn't until the next to the last day that I felt convicted about not having enough fun individually with each child. Although we had fun as a family, it wasn't the same as having fun individually. So when one son wanted to go swimming, I went with him. We had a blast.

I really, really like being with my kids, and thanks to my friend, I realize that I need to be more intentional about having fun with them. Laughing. Playing. Relaxing. Enjoying them. This was easier when they were younger, but they are all teenagers now. Their interests take them away from me a lot.

They know I love them. But do they know how much fun I have with them? No, because it doesn't happen enough.

So that's my personal challenge. To have more fun with my kids. Thankfully, I still have time to work on this.

In His Love,


P.S. Thanks Kristen T.


Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that! Can't wait to hear the details.
Love you friend..........

Tracie said...

Amen! I need to do that myself. Sometimes my kids think I am addicted to my computer, like it is a best friend that I want to spend all my time with. Thanks for the reminder to break that habit, and spend time where it most matters, with who matters the most. :)