After taking care of my mom for the three weeks following her back surgery, I spent a quiet Saturday writing and catching up on things around the house. At the end of the day, my son Benjamin walked up, put his arm around my shoulders and said, “Who knew work could be so much fun!”
I smiled. It feels pretty amazing to be understood by your 14 year-old son! It had been a great day. I love my work and Ben noticed. He saw it written all over my face and in my body language.
As parents we always have an audience, and they see us at our worst and at our best. My prayer is that my kids will see the same love and passion when I’m working and when we’re gathered around the dinner table. I hope that they notice that I’m ALL IN whether I am serving, resting, working, or just being with them.
The time I spent with my mom was priceless. She isn’t the type to stay in one place for very long, and I had her all to myself. I’m so glad I cleared my schedule so I could just be with her. I painted her nails, did her laundry and bossed her around a bit! I was ALL IN and it was worth every minute.
Unfortunately, the drudgery of the day-to-day grind can keep us from being intentional. We let the urgent dictate our steps, stopping us from living lives of meaning and purpose. Selfishness keeps us from going ALL IN and we look to serve our own interest over the interests of others. Weariness keeps us from going ALL IN because our attentions are divided and we are unable to be present and in the moment.
As we approach Easter I can’t help but think of how Jesus went ALL IN for us.
“For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God.” (Colossians 1:19-21 NLT)
God’s big dream for you is that you would be in relationship with Him, a relationship that He went ALL IN for. My prayer is that you will go ALL IN with Jesus and begin to dream big—going ALL IN with your family, your friends, your career, and your whole life!
What keeps you from dreaming big and going all in?