What means more to a child, the things you give them or the time you spend with them? To answer that question I want to do a little experiment.
Get a piece of paper today and write down all the Christmas and birthday gifts you received as a child. If you’re like most people, when you do this you’ll remember a few of them, but most were long ago forgotten.
Then, on a second piece of paper, list all of the places you went on vacation with your family. Chances are you will be able to recall the great majority of them, even from when you were very young. That’s because what makes memories is not so much giving things as it is doing things and spending time together.
In the Old Testament, God established a number of special holidays for the Jewish people. I’m sure part of the reason for that was for the memories it would create, because taking time to create family memories will redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.