We often see accomplished singers and musicians and marvel at their gifting. I personally am a big fan of Israel Houghton. In case you don’t know, he is a contemporary gospel singer. He writes most of his own music, plays guitar, and sings very well. He is talented beyond words and has a sound that crosses cultural boundaries.
The Fruit of Investing Your Time
While talent comes natural for some, hard work is still involved. I’m sure that Israel Houghton didn’t become great at playing the guitar at his first guitar lesson. Being great takes work. It takes practice, persistence, and dedication to achieve great outcomes.
The same principle works with parenting. For a couple of months, my husband and I had been concerned about our son’s verbal communication. We would see children that were as many as 6 months younger than our son, who were speaking almost complete sentences. Our son was barely saying anything. We got him enrolled in speech classes to help him out. People often told us that we would want him to shut up once he started talking.
But I longed for him to call me “Mommy.”
My husband and I prayed over our son every day, laying hands on him and declaring that our son will be able to communicate his wants and desires. We spoke those things that were not as though they were, declaring that he will not be behind his peers, but that he will be on track and that he will help others that may be behind.
One day in particular, I was having a moment about my son’s lack of verbal communication. I prayed unto God and asked Him how to help my son. God responded and told me to, “Invest More Time.”
I sat back and thought about what God shared with me. My mind started going back to times that I could have invested more time with my son. I’m a stay at home mom, but I can admit that I have balance issues just like everyone else.
At that moment, I committed myself to investing more QUALITY TIME with my son. Now don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I let him fend for himself all day long. I spend time with him and teach him things.
But God is calling me to spend EVEN MORE time. Therefore, things that I do during the day may have to take a backseat to quality time with my son.
He’s my priority and the way that he turns out is a reflection on me and how much time I have invested in him.
About two weeks out from my son’s second birthday, he became more receptive to repeating words and saying them on his own. So far, he has been saying, “banana”, “duck”, “cow”, “moo”, and “pig”. His favorite phrase is, “Oh No!” He says it at least 20 times a day. But I don’t mind one bit. I’m just glad he’s talking.
As a matter of fact, I think my son was calling for me on Saturday morning.
I was sleeping in after a long night with Relay for Life, so my husband was up with my son. I heard my son say, “Ma…….Ma……..Mama…..…”
About thirty minutes later, I heard him get louder. “Ma! Mama!! Mommy!!!” I rolled out of the bed and opened the bedroom door. I said to my husband, “Is he calling for me?”
“I believe so,” said my husband.
I called out to my son and within two seconds, he came running from his room with a huge grin and gave me a big hug!
He really was calling for me!!!
I am already seeing the fruits of investing more time.
I encourage you to invest more time in a child today. It can make such a difference in our children, who hold the key to our future.
Proverbs 22:6 KJV – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.