Drop the kids off at school. Check. Get to work on time and make that morning meeting. Double check. Read and send out emails, finish assignments, more meetings – check, check, check. Battle traffic to get home early for a parent teacher conference. Cook dinner. Exercise. Fold laundry. Help kids with homework. And, the list goes on and on.
As a busy mother, my days are filled with tasks that take up my time in that seemingly never-ending list of “things to do”. No doubt you experience the same in your life. No matter our circumstances, it can be easy to prioritize our “things to do” in order of what “needs” to get done based on natural and imposed deadlines, commitments, and expectations.
For many of us those deadlines, commitments, and expectations are dictated by work, school, church and home life. And, sadly, sometimes it’s easy to rank how we honor those commitments in that order with home and family coming last.
“Family commitments and expectations should be at the top of our priorities to protect our divine destiny,” said Quentin L. Cook , member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In the midst of starting a new job, buying a new house, and having a new baby I’ve reflected on that message a lot. Is my family a top priority in my life? And, if they’re not, why not?
What resonated with me about that message from Quentin L. Cook was this idea that as we put our families first, our families will be strengthened and protected for a divine destiny. Like any parent I want to protect my children. I want them to succeed in all that they do. Knowing that by building a foundation of honoring the commitments that I make with them and following through on their expectations of love and support will strengthen who they are in the future brings me great comfort.
We’re all busy and our time is dictated by a variety of things. I’m by no means perfect in allocating my time, but I know that I feel the happiest when I choose to make my family a top priority. Some days it is as simple as reading a book at bed time, not folding the laundry to watch a family movie instead, or taking a day to play outside just because. For you it might be taking five minutes to learn more about an ancestor on Family Search, or sharing the story of how your mother and father met with a grandchild who has never met them.
Life is too short to spend it buried in “to do” lists that in the long run don’t really matter. Love what matters. Put your family first.
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