Last fall I had to pleasure to go with my older daughter’s class on a school field trip for three days to an overnight camp. I had not planned to go, but a week before camp they still needed male chaperones. I was able to clear my schedule and go and I am glad that I did.
I was able to serve my daughter and her school.
I was able to spend some time with my daughter. There may not be many more opportunities to do something like this as she is growing up so fast.
I was able to get to know some wonderful kids, teachers, parents, and staff.
I was able to get away from the office and the outside world for a few days to refresh (although there was not much rest). My phone service was very spotty so I wasn’t tempted to spend a lot of time on it. There were about five e-mails that I needed to respond to in the three days and everything else could wait until I got back to the office.
Everyone does not have the flexibility to change their schedules on such short notice. Everyone has different seasons in their lives that are busier than others. If the field trip had been during tax season, I would not have been able to go. But we need to take advantage of the opportunities that we do have to serve our families and our communities. We should strive to build some margin in our lives so that we have the time for what is important.
Jobs are important to support our families. Family is why we do our job.