We love Spring. The sounds of the air. The earth reblooming after a dormant winter. The signs of new life. The celebration of resurrection.
The freshness of a new season. A time to reflect and prepare for all that is new.
But, in order to prepare for all that is new, we sometimes have to spend time cleaning out and decluttering our lives from all that is old. Somewhere along the way, we have convinced ourselves that more is better.
- more activities for our children
- bigger homes
- better cars
- more items to fill our homes
- more commitments in our lives
- more hours at work and less at home
But, what if true contentment is found in the less? What if our children really do not need another sports team, band, ballet to participate in or student council to run for? What if we don’t need another 50 to 60 hour work week to prove our worth? What if all they need is us and all we need is them?
- game nights
- family vacations
- weekend trips together
- daddy/daughter dates
- cooking and making messes together
- family devotional time together
- father/son weekends
- mommy/daughter outings
- fishing trips and camping trips
- nights away from cell phones, laptops, and electronics
- days spent at the park, picnic lunches and duck ponds
- movies nights and snuggles before bed
Have all of these things been exchanged for one more practice, one more tournament, or one more weekend away? Or, has Facebook, cell phones, Twitter, text messages and Instragram suffocated the families ability to connect? Have we determined that our worth is in our jobs and not in our family? Or, as parents have we determined our worth is in the success of our children, so what is one more activity really going to hurt?
Spring is a time for newness, freshness, and a time when the dormant comes to life. But, in order for the dormant to come to life, sometimes we have to toil the soil, brush back the dead and cluttered and give the new seedlings room to find sunlight, raindrops, fresh air, and the crisp breeze. Then we can sit back and watch nature do what it does best; come to life and blow our minds with it’s ability to create beauty. Much like our children have the abilty to do.
Spring is a time for resurrection. What does the clutter of our lives teach those around us about Christ? 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”. Has the new come? Has the old gone? Is our value in Him, or has it become more about us, what is our’s and what we do? We tell our children their value is in Christ, but do we affirm that to them through our lives and their lives with the things we prioritize and cram into our schedules?
Is it time to declutter? If so, what better time than now? Our children learn their example of expectations and clutter from us, their parents.
As Spring blooms, what example will we set in decluttering our lives and freeing our family from the ‘rat race’ expectations of our society?
Just the ponderings of us, the Howard’s-Party of 8….We’d love to hear your feedback.
My dad initiated Night Out with Dad when I was 13. He’d heard about it from another dad from church/work. Basically we had a $10 budget (17 years later its pretty much unlimited 🙂 ) and could do something with dad. We could go to the movies or get a snack or do putt putt golf, etc. We LOVED it. Coming from a large family individual time was hard to come by. He made it fun. To hear him talk about them now, you can tell he treasures that time with us. I got an email half way through our visit this month asking when we could do a night out with dad and was sad to realize there wasn’t any time left. But we have one scheduled for the summer. Priority #1!