This past summer has been full with grandchildren. I chose spending time with them over posting. At first I felt guilty for neglecting my blog.
“What kind of reputation are you making for yourself?” I asked.
“That depends,” the answer came, “on what your goals are.”
“My goal is for these children to know that God loves them even more than I do.” I said. “I want them to know the importance of having a relationship with God.”
“Then you better take the time to teach them and show them now. They are getting older. What if they don’t want to spend next summer with grandma? You can write and blog after they go home. Make the most of the time you have with them now. You may not get another chance.”
And so, I made the conscious choice to spend as much time as I could with my grandkids. We went camping, hiking, swimming and played in the park. We ate pizza three times a week and had ice cream nearly every day.
We read books aloud to each other and talked about dragons. We played checkers and chess. We prayed before meals, and at night before bed. We talked about what they wanted to be when they grew up, and about remembering to read the Bible and pray every day.
Then it was over. I had to take them back home, 600 miles away. The time we had together was so short. I no longer feel guilt over the posts I didn’t write. Instead, I am glad for the talks we had and the connections we made. I cherish the time spent with them and look forward to next summer for more of the same–and I pray they don’t grown up too much between now and then.
Originally appeared marthajanecurtis.weebly.com on 7-23-14 titled Guilty or Not?