Sunday 2nd July 2023 Devotion
Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:1-8
Topic: I’m Busy
My name is Mercy [Not my real name] though, I am a Christian.
I got married at 25, finished my PhD at 27, and became a Professor at 40.
So fast you see! Yes, everything around me worked fast. It is now that I realise that it was a misplaced priority.
My ambition blindfolded me and I got it all wrong, that is why I am sharing my experience through this medium to warn and encourage our young mothers not to be careless as I was back then.
I worked very hard as a Lecturer and as an Administrator, always busy that it became my language to my children….”I’m busy”
My mum was around to nurse the children for me for some time, the moment they clocked ten, I send them to Boarding Schools.
Though my husband was not in support of this, I always found my way.
I have no good warm relationship with my children, 2 boys, and a girl.
I never knew it was a bad idea not to have time with my husband, children, and the household, until 5 years ago, when guilt, loneliness, and restlessness filled my heart.
I sent for my children to rejoice with me at my 60th Birthday.
The two boys, staying in Canada said, they are “busy” and that their sister will come down from South Africa.
Two days before my Birthday, my daughter sent this message to me:
“Mum, I am very sorry not to be around over there, there is no time to squeeze out, my husband needs my attention at his newly established Clinic and presently, I’m pregnant.
“I’m very very busy,” I’m also lonely in a strange land.” Please pray for us, Mum. Happy birthday.”
I could not get out of the meaning I got from the message…
“First-things-First.” When they needed me for warmth and discussion, I was not available, now I need them for warmth and discussion, and I could not get them, rather They returned my slogan back to me “I’m busy”.
To worsen the matter, my dear husband died in his sleep a month after.
Only one of the children came without his family to the Burial ceremony. I was dumbfounded!!!
Considered Opinion: it is good to work and be a hard-working fellow.
But hear this important and salient truth: Parenting is a sacrificial work, give it all it takes.
Any work that will take away your attention too much from your home – Avoid it and be careful!
Oh Lord God, help me not to be too busy and be failing in my responsibility to my family and mankind henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Happy Lord’s Day!