What gifts do you desire to give to your children? What do they need you to pour into their lives so that they can grow to flourish as adults? The gifts they need most are more simple than you think. These three are a great place to start. It had been a busy week of work and ministry for our family. And while we had some family time, it still felt rushed. As I was heading out the door one morning, my son John expressed: "Dad, I want time with just you." I knew he was right. Not to mention that my wife was struggling with his behavior.
He is our oldest and could sense the busy schedule more than our younger children. He needed me. So, even though I had a lot to do, I brought him with me to work. He colored and played on the iPad while I worked at my desk. School was approaching and I knew summer days like this would soon be over.
We spent about three hours in each other's presence before I dropped him home for lunch. His attitude changed and so did his behavior. We had needed that father and son bonding, just the two of us. And it didn’t have to be extravagant, just simple and meaningful.
Then I began to think about what I really desire to give my children for the long haul. My oldest son’s time at home is already a quarter of the way through. It's as if we just brought him home from the hospital. In the time I have ahead, I want to do it right. And many times, that means being intentional with the time I have right now.