Growing up, Dad was a busy pastor, but he made time for me. Countless times I asked, and countless times he accepted my invitation to play in the front yard. Just me and him.
Nothing organized. We would grab our baseball gloves and play catch. Or we’d toss a frisbee. Or a football. And I drove him nuts with numerous horrible throws because I was not incredibly athletic. But that didn’t keep him from agreeing to play with me the next time I asked.
To be transparent, I don’t think I can remember one solitary thing we talked about from any of those times out in the front yard. Literally, not one thing. But I remember that my Dad loved me enough to spend time with me.
As years went by, we hunted together. It wasn’t just the trips. It was the preparation time we spent together, too. Time my dad invested in me.
I’m a dad now. And sometimes dads are tired when their kids ask them to play. Sometimes they have a lot on their mind when their kids ask them to play. But I say “yes” to my boys now because my dad said “yes” to me, and I know the value of that time. I want them to grow up knowing that I love them like crazy, and I’m willing to prove it with my time.
Love is spelled T-I-M-E. That’s how we let people know we love them. Sure, we can say we spend our time at work to earn the money to provide for our family, but that’s not the kind of time they recognize as love.
So let me encourage you to say “yes” to someone today. Say “yes” to playing catch with your son. Say “yes” to a tea party with your daughter. Say “yes” to a date with your spouse. Say “yes” to dinner with friends. Say “yes” to church with the God who wants your heart.
It’s your time that people want. It’s your time… your valuable, precious, limited time… which when given proves you love them. Spell it out for someone you love today!