Bozard. He was my mentor in the ministry when I first started out. I truly loved that man and anything he shared with me, especially pertaining to ministry, I soaked up like a thirsty sponge.
One day he said, "Todd, listen very carefully." I was totally tuned in. "Todd," he said, "no pastor ever came to the end of his life saying he wished he'd spent more time at the office. Whatever you do, never sacrifice your family for your ministry." Out of all the advice I was given by great men like Rev. Bozard, this nugget was one I worked really hard at.
Long story short, my three children came into the coffee bar tonight. They were on their way to Bible Study and stopped by to see me. Cody was driving. Cody will soon have his first job, and Jenna and Katie are about to become sophomores. Cody will graduate next year. Where does the time go? But wait! Let me tell you something. I sacrificed my ministry for my children.
I ate lunch with them at school 2 - 3 times a week. I took them to school and picked them up after. Every Friday, we would go to the local Bi-Lo and buy a special snack. Afterward we went to Blockbuster and rented movies for everyone. Then we went home and watched them. We laughed, we cuddled, we had a blast. I am so thankful that I was able to spend so much time with them when they were little. I was blessed to be so involved in their lives (when they actually wanted me there!)!
I looked at these three teenagers tonight that I helped make, and I realized that for all the things I have done wrong in my life, for all the times I turned right when I should have turned left, I look at my three children and I see the one thing I know I did right. They are the three greatest people I know, and I am so proud of them and so honored to have had all the time I had with them. I wouldn't take anything for those days and every day I have with them now. I adore them. I hope they always know that and I hope they are proud of me too.