Last weekend, we attended a family retreat at Pine Cove Christian Camp with a number of other families from our church. This is the second year that our church has hosted this event, and I must say that our Adult, Youth, and Children’s Ministries do a fantastic job putting it together.
The theme for the weekend, “Moment Makers,” was designed to take us on a journey. A journey to consider the importance of making moments together as a family, to reflect upon the moments we’ve already made, and to strategize about how we can do a better job making moments together in the future. Because it’s been said that “life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
When our oldest son reminisces about riding to the top of the ferris wheel, putting our hands in the huddle, and shouting “best family ever” as the sun sets over the horizon during our annual trip to the State Far.
And when Little Bit talks about the month we spent living in the apartment of a horse barn (a really nice horse barn) and all slept in one room together after we sold our home.
None of these moments were spun out of anything elaborate. But they are special. They stand out. They make us who we are as a family. And they matter. Years from now? We’ll still be talking about them.
In the midst of so much noise, though, being a moment maker can be a real challenge. Life is busy. And sometimes we spend so much of our time, energy, and focus trying to keep up with it all, that we hardly pay any attention to the moments passing us by along the way.
But today is a new day. We’re embarking on a new weekend. And we have a choice. So my prayer for you is that you might…
Create a Moment. Plan something special to do with your family. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. It doesn’t have to cost any money. You don’t even have to leave your house. But it should be intentional.
Receive a Moment. Keep your eyes up, your ears open, and your heart available. Set your phone down. Turn off the TV. And step away from the computer. Give the gift of your presence to your family this weekend. So that you all might receive a moment together. Not something that you plan, but something that is given to you. A moment you would altogether miss if you weren’t on high alert.
And Reclaim a Moment. Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. And despite our best planning, things don’t always play out the way we’ve conjured them up in our heads. So be flexible. Roll with the punches. Bask in God’s grace. And look for the moments even in the midst of the mess.