I’ve often wondered where my clone is.
Sometimes I feel like I’m juggling so many things and trying to accomplish so much that I can’t possibly get it all done without a clone.
I want to be a great wife and a wonderful mom. I want to write and develop websites. I want to run and play soccer. I want to change the world.
Then there’s laundry, dirty diapers and dinner.
Far too often, I wear myself out trying to complete my to do list and “get things done.”
I wish there were another of me. I need a clone.
But you know what I realized?
I have a clone.
Three to be exact.
They absorb everything I do. My job as a mother is to invest in them so that they can carry on the values and work that I believe are important.
That brings up two questions:
1. Is the work I’m doing worth carrying on?
In 10 years no one will care about the websites I’ve developed or the blog posts I’ve written. Maybe there won’t even be websites or blogs.
I can spend all day cleaning my house and, tomorrow, it will be messy again.
Clients. Cleaning. Sometimes these things feel important. But really, the only thing that will be remembered 30 years from now is how I danced with my children and swung them around until we were all wobbly and fell down in a big cuddly, giggling heap.
2. How WELL am I investing in my children?
To invest means to give up something I have now for a future return…a future hope.
My hope is that my children will be able to build their lives on the foundation of what I’ve learned. That they won’t make the same mistakes I have. That they’ll learn early what I learned late.
Maybe that means I need to give up some of my hats and put them in the closet for a season. That’s hard for me.
But I know I’ll never regret working less and living life with them more.
They are watching. They are learning. The good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.
Everyday they’re becoming a little more like me. So everyday I need to let myself become a little more like Him.
Well… I think I’ll stop writing now and go spend some time with my precious little clones.