What is more important to little children: A clean tidy house or having just plain fun together? Obviously, as an adult your child will not look back and think, “I am so thankful that my mom cleaned the refrigerator once a week and vacuumed under the beds.”
A young mother, Ashlee, (she happens to be my lovely granddaughter), gives herself and other young mothers the following advice:
My little one year old daughter and I had a playdate today. It was so fun to just play with Ella, no distraction or to-do-list. I think that sometimes I get so caught up in what needs to be done, what errands need to be run, and also caught up in her needs, that I forget that she also NEEDS me to just be me. Me as my goofy, fun self and be her fun Momma. I forget that the house is okay staying messy for one more day, and that the laundry can be put away later. I don’t want her, or me, to look back and wonder why we didn’t do more fun stuff, and less to-do-stuff. God created us to have faith like a child, and I think that also rings true in living. He desires us to play, to laugh, and have joy. He wants us to live fully and embrace life. We can’t do that when we are constantly preoccupied with worldly things. Obviously there is responsibility, and a time and place for it. But there is also a time and a place to just breathe, and laugh. I need to be more intentional about it.
A wise person in the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us: “There is a time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance. . . . Ecclesiastes 3: 4.
May all of you young mothers remember to take the advice of Ashlee and a wise person in the book of Ecclesiastes: “Take time to laugh, and take time to dance.”