It has been a really hectic last 4 1/2 months to our lives. I may have underestimated the change in time commitment it takes to go from parenting 2 young children to 4 young children (including twin infants). It truly has been a blessing to have four children (yes, you heard me right…blessing!), but it has left me with considerable less time for free time activities (such as blogging, writing, studying theology, and staring at the wall). Though it is a trade-off that really is a no-brainer. I love spending time with my children and I rarely do my free time activities while they are awake. The “problem” (I’m attempting to use that term in the right way) is that with 4 children there’s a whole lot less time when they are all asleep and my wife and I aren’t running for the bed ourselves!
The Lord has been encouraging me through various means to keep an eternal outlook on my circumstances. The terms “eternal outlook” and “eternal perspective” have been readily heard in the vocabularies of many people whom I have recently heard speak. It reminds me of my own thoughts put into words in a series of blog post about my blog’s vision, in which I thought of “eternal outlook” as “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus” (Titus 2:13).
Even though life has been at times crazy (kids, work, stress), I have been reminded gently by the Holy Spirit that I need to continue “keeping it eternal”. Thank you Jesus for shepherding my heart!