Friday, April 5, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Our "Afters"

Five Minute FridayThere are the good Afters and bad Afters. (The best of the best being at the end of a story that predicts the end of all stories ~ "And they lived Happily Ever After.")

After today, I will start eating right.

After I'm finished with my book, I will help you with math.

After I practice, I'll take you to the store.

After I meet so-and-so for coffee, I'll have my devotional time.

What if our Afters flipped? What if, instead of "After me, you," our priorities were ever "After you, and you, and you, then (maybe) me?"

After I've listened and talked with you, I'll read my book.

After I've played games with you (because I really want to!) I'll re-organize my shelves.

After I've taken you on a "just us" outing, I'll return to everything I was in the middle of and try to finish.

What are your "Afters" today? Are they in the right place?


infamousmorris said...

Oh to be so unselfish. I aspire to be this way. I believe fully in them then me, but in the "little" things, I don't show it. I buy for them, and go without, I feed them, and go without, I take care of their needs, and I wait and wait (yes, until heck freezes over) for mine to be met. But you know, I am selfish with little things. I want to read this book, I want to play this computer game, I WANT to be on facebook, and what do they want? Maybe me time bleeds too heavily into what should be them time. Thank you for this :) Blessings.

Jennifer and Jonathan said...

Good reminder; thanks! "My life" very easily gets in the way of what "my" life should be for; them...

SarahJayne said...

Little things are always the hardest, aren't they? Why would we not think twice about dying for another person, but listening to his/her annoying monologue for 30 minutes puts us out? It reminds me of Helen Keller's quote:

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."