Wednesday, May 14, 2008

An Attitude of Gratitude - I don't wanna miss it

Here we are, a few days after Mother's Day. I've seen some great blog posts about the incredible ladies on this earth that we call "Mom". There's no denying it - mom's are special.

That said, I have to admit - there are lots of times I resent the responsibilities that motherhood brings. Don't get me wrong - I don't resent my children - just all the baggage that we allow into our lives along with them. And don't worry that I'm calling down the wrath of God by resenting the blessing he's allowed in my life - He already knows my successes, failures, and heart wrenching cries for help about motherhood - and He loves me the same. Not a day goes by that I'm not on my knees, asking for help, guidance, patience, or a couple extra minutes on the clock. I thank Him everyday for my boys, and I choose gratitude for all the things He allows me to accomplish throughout any given day - it's a miracle, for sure.

As I have raced through another almost impossibly busy week, the cry of other parents begs me to slow down, cherish the moment, be grateful for each new day and each new challenge:

  • Colton's teacher, talking with joy-filled eyes about the days her son played baseball being some of her fondest memories of family time. Slow down - don't miss it.
  • The thought of my friend who lost her son way to soon in life - who would give anything to be juggling baseball schedules right now. Slow down - don't miss it.
  • The thought of another friend who recently lost his teenage son - and the reminder that we have no idea how many days we get with these blessings entrusted to our care. Slow down - don't miss it.
  • Darla, who is closing the chapter with her older kids, and just opening it with the younger ones, but this time with the knowledge of how fast it goes. Slow down - don't miss it.

So this week, as we raced through a metal show, my birthday, Mother's Day, baseball practice, Colton's birthday, a baseball game, ice cream, cake, and presents late when we got home, two games tonight - instead of the resentment that threatens to rise to the surface, I try to remember - Slow down. Don't miss it. Be GRATEFUL for the blessings God has given you, and for the talents He has given you to pull it all off. Don't miss it.

You're Gonna Miss This
Trace Adkins

She was staring out the window
Of their SUV
Complaining, saying,
I cant wait to turn 18
She said, "I'll make my own money"
And I'll make my own rules"
Mama put the car in park
Out there in front of the school
And she kissed her head
And said 'I was just like you"

You're going to miss this
You're going to want this back
You're going to wish these days
Hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're going to miss this

Before she knows it
She's a brand new bride
In her one bedroom apartment
And her daddy stops by
He tells her "It's a nice place"
She says "It'll do for now"
Starts talking about babies
And buying a house
Daddy shakes his head
And says "Baby just slow down"

Cause You're going to miss this
You're going to want this back
You're going to wish these days
Hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're going to miss this

Five years later
There's a plumber
Working on the water heater
Dogs barking, phones ringing
One kids crying, one kids screaming
She keeps apologizing
He says "They don't bother me.
I've got two babies of my own.
One's 36, one's 23.
It's hard to believe..."

But You're going to miss this
You're going to want this back
You're going to wish these days
Hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're going to miss this
You're going to miss this
Yeah you're going to miss this


You're Gonna Miss This Lyrics

2 comments:

Cynthia said...

What a great post Heather! Thanks for the reminder

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

You've got it right, Heather, you've got it right! What a great way to look at it, "instead of the resentment that threatens to rise to the surface, I try to remember - Slow down. Don't miss it. Be GRATEFUL for the blessings God has given you, and for the talents He has given you to pull it all off."