For the last few weeks, Jocelyn has taken to playing with her little dolls on the floor with me. We make them race, swim, and drive their cars, each activity done on our knees scooting about. There have been days when my knees are bruised, welted and sore to the touch. But she enjoys every minute of our playtime.
The other morning, my knees were so sore, I knew I could not get down on them – just yet. So I had to convince her to do something else. I also thought to myself, “If anyone ever saw she and I playing, they would think I was nuts.”
But she’s big into imaginative play right now and so we continue to do play.
These days will pass and pass quickly. I know this to be true because these days flew by with my own children. I opened my Bible this morning and these were the words my eyes fell upon:
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”
(Ecclesiastes 9:10, NIV)
Another version puts it this way, “Whatever you do, do it well.” (NLT)
My children and grandchildren probably will not care about any accomplishments, or lack of accomplishments, in my life. My interests and passions may never be theirs nor ever impress them. At times I wonder if they will even be aware of those things.
The words of Paul quickly flood my mind as he addresses slaves regarding their masters:
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23, NLT)
At times, as I am “bossed” by my little people, I am working for them. I am working at developing their creative minds to learn and embrace life. I am working at making memories. They do not care to know which book I am reading, or Scripture I am memorizing, or where I volunteer my time. They just want to play.
The most important work we do is on our knees.
Whether in playing or
whatever we do –
May we do it well!