Love that first quote!! I remember when my son was around 5 years old..I was teaching full-time and writing my thesis for my master’s…I’d set him up with a video in the bedroom upstairs…and every so often, he’d come downstairs…give me a hug and say, “I love you, Mommy!” Concentration shot…but it was my cue to stop, listen, and love on him! I certainly paid off for me…God is good!!
“I just gave you that book to write to keep you busy in between appointments;
your real work is all those interruptions.”
No matter what our occupation, we tend to think that our work, our agenda is important. It is almost in our nature to let ambition and drive push other people to the fringes of our awareness while we toil in an isolated bubble of self-importance. There are many methods that can shake us out of this selfish obsession but for me as a mother, it was my children.
“Mum, mum! Come see what I made!”
“Can you read me a book?”
“I tried and tried but it just won’t stay…
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Nouwen’s quote is one of my favorites too. the main photo looks so much better enlarged. Thanks for the reblog
I’m one of those “bottom- line people” and tend not to like interruptions, ’til I get to that “bottom-line” stopping point…but I work with kids, teens, and young adults…and interruptions are a way of life!! That quote made me realize to keep what’s important to Jesus in front of my eyes at all times!! Thanks!!
that quote is always a wake-up call
Yup, I’m awake now!!