Deuteronomy 6: (NIV) 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Have you ever heard parents say this to their children: “I don’t have much time to give, but what I do give is quality time?” Today’s message is especially for parents, grandparents, Godparents, step parents, blended families, and even as it relates to our relationship with God!
Point to ponder: I don’t know what that means, and I bet your children don’t either. Even if they did, I don’t think you really build relationships on “quality time”. How can you predict the quality of “quality time?” And what constitutes the distinction, anyway?
My point is that life just doesn’t work that way. For instance, suppose you bought tickets to a local high school football game for you and your son. You planned some real quality time to teach your son about the game you loved, and hopefully instill the same passion in him you have for the game. But in the first quarter he spots a friend, and they disappear together for the rest of the game. So much for quality time! Each moment of our lives spent with our children, family, and yes the Lord must be always epxerienced as quality and quantity of time.
Then suppose in the same week, while heading to the grocery store, you bring your daughter along. No chance of quality time here, right? But among basic chores and small talk, your daughter asks, “Daddy, what does salvation mean?” Your last minute errand just turned into quality time experience and we must seize the moment to share our experience with the Lord.
Quality time can’t be manipulated. It doesn’t happen at our beck and call, or at least that’s my point in today’s message. Instead, quality time sneaks up on us amidst quantity time. Consequently, the only way we can ensure quality time is to make sure there’s quantity time-and plenty of it. Have a great day you wonderful people of God!
In His Service,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.