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The Spirituality of Babysitting

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Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. (Romans 12:12)

Jill and I just spent the last three days with the grandsons, so we know suffering. It was wonderful and exhausting all at the same time. I love getting a smile from four-month-old Brooks and making two-year-old Gordie laugh as I throw him across the sectional. Yet, the non-stop need for attention gets tough.

The Myers-Briggs Personality Profile describes me as a dreamer, rather than someone who lives in the moment. That has served me well in some ways, but the downside is that I sometimes become impatient, wanting to think ahead, while missing a joyous moment right in front of me.

Thankfully, this Sunday I didn’t have to preach, so I was able to focus on the little ones. For someone like me, focusing on the moment is hard work, because it doesn’t come naturally. The harder it is, the more impatient I become. Small children haven’t learned to dream yet. They live in the moment. I spent a great weekend learning how to live joyously in the moment, playing, laughing, and napping when they did.

Today, think about your own personality traits. What are your strengths and weaknesses? If you tend to focus on the future, at the expense of the present, like me, pray for the ability to appreciate what God has put right in front of you. God has provided any number of blessings to enjoy. In a pandemic like we are experiencing right now, it is important to enjoy the moment and not wish time away waiting for “normal” to return.