One second. That’s all it takes to remind you exactly what your priorities are, or at least what they should be. I know. This past weekend, my dad fell. Not just any fall; he fell down my parents’ front porch steps…onto concrete. Oh, and did I mention he’s 78 years old? Luckily, his guardian angels were working overtime, because despite his injuries, it could have been much worse.
Feeling helpless, I immediately reached out to friends and family and asked for the only thing I could think of, and that was prayers.
Before his fall, I was worrying about Christmas decorations, presents, all the trappings of the season. Not anymore. I’m just sorry that it took something like this to remind me what I should be focusing on. There are so many things we allow to be distractions in our lives, and unfortunately it often takes something drastic to bring our priorities back into focus.
So I’m asking you. No, I’m begging you. This season—and beyond—slow down and take in what really matters. This year who cares if my tree isn’t perfect or if I don’t find time to bake cookies. I’ve already gotten the best Christmas gift I could ever ask for. And his picture’s right up there in the corner. In that spirit, I hope you take a second to stop and focus on your priorities this season, because everything could change in just one second.