I absolutely love, love, love spending time with my grandkids. It's just so fun to engage them, whatever stage they're at. My older ones are in their teens. In fact, my oldest grandson (just turned 18) will already graduate from high school this spring—and be off to college this fall. And my youngest one is nearly 18 months. So from 18 months to 18 years, they bring a variety of interests to my life.
Right now I'm visiting my youngest ones, little 18-month-old Ayden and his 6-1/2-year-old sister, Payton. Although they don't live as close to me as my other seven grandkids, I do everything I can to bridge the distance. We Skype; talk on the phone; and I send cards, stickers, letters, puzzle books, photos and other things just to keep the connection.
With all nine of my grandchildren, I make an investment of time and energy so we can stay connected. And it makes me realize that anything you and I feel is important in our lives really requires an investment of time, energy and sometimes money.
What's important to you? What are you doing to show that it's important? Where are you putting your time and energy? Sometimes we say something is very important—but if we look at where we put our time, it shows something very different. How many people say their family is the most important thing in their lives—and yet, they spend long hours in the workplace and very few at home with family? Not to point fingers at others—because we all do some of that: say one thing and do another.
Take a look today and be sure that where you spend your time and energy is really where you want to invest it!