I was reminded of something myself when I wrote it on a friend’s wall on social media today: slow and steady wins the race.
We all know the story of the Tortoise and the Hare or one of its many variations. Running really fast wears you out so that you don’t have the steam to finish well. Working through something slow and steady, continuously cautious about being diligent and intentional, means that you have the strength and steam to finish whatever it is well.
I needed that reminder today. For a bundle of reasons.
I don’t know about you but I often find myself working through a checklist and thinking something along the lines of “One more down. X number left to go.” Everything becomes just another box on the list. This happens all too often. And I begin to feel like the hare in the fable – running as fast as I can to the next box to check off the list.
So, today, I encourage you (and myself) to slow down and be intentional about the time spent. Whether it be in educating our families, knowing all too soon they will have fully-feathered wings ready to take them on the wind to where God’s will is, or spending time snuggling with a little one who needs it or just trying to get through that next math assignment without losing my temper. I am trying to be intentional about hearing what they mean not just what they say. I am trying to be intentional about making sure the needs are met not just the understanding. I am trying to spend the necessary time for my children to feel loved and seen and heard. Contrary to the old saying “children should be seen and not heard”, they need both.
I encourage you to be intentional this week about both seeing and hearing your children as you go about your checklists. Slow down, like the turtle, and make sure you have the steam to finish your day – your week – your year – well.