Another year has flown by! We hope everyone is having a wonderful
holiday. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our two grandchildren.
They will be home in just a couple of days to spend a week with us. I know
this will be the longest week ever. Tori is now talking a lot, and when we
talk on the phone she has so much to say. Audrey is sitting up and is just
the best-tempered baby. We have so much planned for them. Grandpa thinks
that he is going to tire Tori out, but I think he is going to be surprised.
She is a spitfire! Aren't the holidays so much fun with family! When the
boys left the house, I missed being a mother. I missed the laughing,
playing, and even the crying. Then He blessed me with grandchildren! I
look forward so much to my children coming home. I have so much to be
thankful for. We take so many things for granted. We get caught up with so
many things that are not important, and the things that are important get
put on the back shelf. Time is of the essence! Time with families.
Sharing memories. Grasping on to every moment you can because time slips
away quickly. Priorities! Someone sent this to Bruce & I and I believe it
is for a reason, so I want to share this with you. It is called:
A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the kitchen with a steaming cup
of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a
typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to
hand you from time to time.
Turning on the radio, trying to catch the latest news, I came across a
call-in show that caused me to put down the paper and listen. The caller
had one of those golden, made for radio voices, but he wasn't an announcer.
He began telling a story of the 1000 Marbles to the host named Tom.
"Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they
pay you well, but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family
so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or
seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed you daughter's
He continued, "Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped
me to keep a good perspective on my own priorities." And that's when he
began to explain his theory of a thousand marbles. "You see, I sat down one
day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about
seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on the
average, folks live about seventy-five years.
"Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the
number of Saturdays that the average person has in their lifetime. It took
me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail,"
he went on, "and by the time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred
Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only
had a thousand of them left to enjoy."
"So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I
took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right
here in my workshop next to the radio. Every Saturday since then, I have
taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the
marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life.
There is nothing like watching your time here on earth run out to help get
your priorities straight.
"Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you, and take
my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble
out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have
been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a
little more time."
After he ended the call there was silence. You could have heard a pin
drop. He gave me something to think about. Instead of going off to the
gym, I went upstairs, woke my wife with a kiss and said "C'mon honey, I'm
taking you and the kids to breakfast. Along the way, let's stop at the toy
store. I need to buy some marbles."
Where are our priorities! Is our time spent with our family quality
time? Are we so busy running them around and going to extra activities that
we forget to ask how they are doing? God gave us 24 hours in every day so
He must have thought that that is enough time. I hope this year will be the
resolution to spend more quality time with your families with the remaining
marbles you have left.