A few weeks ago, I had a dream.
In my dream, Sam woke me up and it was the day of Talmage's baptism.
(In our church, members are baptized at age 8--Talmage is still 5.)
In fact, his baptism was supposed to start in 15 minutes.
I started frantically running around trying to get ready and prepare refreshments
while Talmage was left to his own devices.
All in all, it was a rather silly dream
(a nice change from the horror-story type nightmares I usually get)
but it got me thinking.
As parents, we have relatively little time to prepare our children for their independence.
Each moment is so precious--am I running around keeping busy with trivial matters that have little bearing in the eternal scheme of things?
Or am I spending this time working to prepare my children spiritually for what they will face?
Am I prioritizing my time correctly?
I'm far from perfect in this area,
and I'm constantly working and praying to improve.
But I'm grateful to know that time is a stewardship,
and I will keep trying to focus on the things of eternal importance and value.