“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them—work, family, health, friends, and spirit—and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls—family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked,
nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same.
You must understand that and strive for balance in your life”
(Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises from 1959-1994).
“Love is, after all, the gift of oneself.”
As I wander about today making final preparations for Grant’s departure tomorrow morning, I find myself nostalgic. It happens. In the scurry of children leaving the nest, sometimes the mother gets all the attention. But, a few weeks back, a dear friend mentioned that I remember Rob in all this change. He’s feeling the pain, too, Janell. It may not look like it, but he is, trust me. Her words awakened a part of me that honestly was sleeping. Rob seems to handle everything so well, but I know he, too, is feeling the strain of all this. The last three Mondays, he has taken each of the children out to lunch. To talk. To say good bye. To offer some final words of support and advice, I’m sure. That is their time. I haven’t asked what took place. I have just prayed that it would be meaningful.
When I found the above quote, I thought of my husband. For the past 24 years (we just celebrated our 24th anniversary on Aug. 4), Rob has been juggling five balls, sometimes more than that I am sure. But, one thing has remained constant. . .he has always acknowledged that work is a rubber ball. So many times, he has contemplated expanding his business. Opening secondary stores. Enlarging. But, each time, we prayed and concluded that more is not always better. He knew that taking such steps would mean time away from home. Time away from fishing with Grant. Time away from playing in the yard. Time away from being on the sidelines or in the audience. Time away from being present and accounted for—even when it seems your presence doesn’t matter. He knew his faith, family, friends and physical presence/health were to be held closely with great care.
Today, I am grateful for Rob. For the way he has held the hand of our family—leading us with integrity and purpose. Take just a minute today to pray for your husband. To thank God for His love and leadership. If perhaps he is struggling with the juggling in his life, pray even more. God is faithful. For more insight and ideas on this, check out http://www.reviveourhearts.com/ with Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I’ve been downloading her MP3 Podcasts and find them to be challenging and inspiring.