Richard Hamilton had his head screwed on right.

“Rip” as he was fondly called, was no.7 overall in the 1999 NBA draft, a 3 time All-Star, played 14 seasons and in one of those seasons winning a championship ring with the Detroit Pistons winning over a star studded LA Lakers cast led by Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neil, Gary Payton and Karl Malone.

After his jersey retirement a few days ago, watching his short speech reminded me of some of the things that matter the most. You can have an illustrious career and a fat paycheck, but the people that matter are right in your home.

Listen to a part of his speech during his jersey retirement at The Palace of Auburn Hills and you’ll know what I mean.

 

It seems like my 21 year old was just 5 years old yesterday. They say that time flies when you’re having fun. I say, time zooms by too fast.

We are pulled in many directions daily. It seems like there’s never enough time for anything.

But an understanding of what’s most valuable will determine how much time is spent where.

Five minutes? That seems short. But it is eternity for some people.

Read the story I read years ago and I hope it helps us all evaluate what is most valuable.

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While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. “That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide. “He’s a fine looking boy,” the man said. “That’s my son on the swing in the blue sweater.”

Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son. “What do you say we go, Todd?” Todd pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.” The man nodded and Todd continued to swing to his heart’s content.
Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his son. “Time to go now?” Again Todd pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.” The man smiled and said, “O.K.”

“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded. The man smiled and then said, “My older son Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I ‘d give anything for just five more minutes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Todd. He thinks he has five more minutes to swing. The truth is, I get Five more minutes to watch him play.”

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Kids grow up really fast… so it seems.
Action step? Drop the gadget and get some face to face conversation.

That five minute conversation may spell the difference between being a good parent from an amazing parents your kids can have.

Have a great weekend everyone!

There’s an old cliche that we hear often enough – “Time flies”.

I remember my daughter make this comment one time.
I thought, “she’s only in elementary and she’s homeschooled! How busy can she be?”

I remember when I was in elementary, time seemed slow. We had to think of games to play – from patintero to tumbang preso. But even then, it still seemed slow.

When I started working and having kids, that’s when time seemed to zoom right past me. But my kids? I am not sure why they’d feel that.

I realized that gadgets may have something to do with it. We all say we are busy but when we survey our time, the minutes or even hours per day that we spend on social media do add up.

I like what John Piper said, “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”

Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” 

How do we number our days aright? Here are a few random thoughts.
This list surely is not exhaustive.

1. Know the priorities you have in life – God, family, work, ministry.

2. Understand that you only have 24 hours in a day.

3. Line up the to do list and write them down.

4. Start listing down a not-to-do list. Often times we get stuck doing things that are unnecessary.

5. Seek God about each day. While you may have everything planned out, He may send “interruptions” that might just be a blessing in disguise.

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I can’t believe I’m in this situation!
Whoever thought I’d be in this problem?
Why is this happening?
If God is really in control how come He allowed this?

Joseph the dreamer was in a similar situation.

His brothers were upset because he was daddy’s favorite.
They were upset because he got the funky coat.
They were mad because while they were laboring in the fields, Joe was with Pop relaxing.

Because of that, they took Joseph and threw him in a pit.

In the pit, Joseph called out to God.

God’s response?
Silence…

You may identify with Joseph. You call out His name, no reply.

Has He gone deaf?
Is He no longer listening?
Or has He turned His ear away from me?

All that happened in chapter 37 verse 24. But lest we forget, God gave Joseph several promises in verse 5.

You may be in verse 24 today. But don’t forget verse 5.

The point?

Don’t doubt in darkness what God has shown you in the light.

Remember, God is always on time. He is a promise-keeping God.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. (2 Peter 3:9)

Timesaving

I was listening to the radio a few days ago on the way to work and I heard this read on air.

It made me think and ponder over these thoughts…

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who just missed a train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask someone who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at the Olympics.

The Bile says that there is a time for everything.

But the most important thing to understand is that we have the confidence that He is able to make all things beautiful in His time. Ecclesiastes 3:11.