It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. No, this isn’t the Tale of Two Cities, but instead the “Tale of Two Daddies.”
I had gone to a library in a neighboring community, and on this particular evening there was an event for preschoolers. There was a book reading, followed by what sounded like a free-for-all, complete with wild races on hands and knees. The squeals of delight were non-stop!
At one point, I wandered over to the area that had been curtained off for the event. While there, I was given a glimpse of two dads who had brought their kids to the event. First, kudos to them for getting their children there. But, that’s where the similarities ended. For one dad was inside the curtain, on his hands and knees, with his kid climbing all over him. Both were laughing their heads off. It was beautiful and contagious – I couldn’t keep the smile off my face.
Twenty feet away from them, sat Dad #2. This dad was sitting outside the curtain, slouched in an oversized easy chair. Occasionally he glanced up from his phone to make sure his child was still within the curtained area. Other than that, however, he was engrossed in a game on his phone. He was plugged in to his technology, but tuned out to his child.
Honestly, I’m not passing judgment on Dad #2; I’m truly glad all the technology wasn’t around when my kids were that young – I, too, may have lost sight of the important. Yet, the reality remains – one dad and child combo went home exhilarated after spending an hour completely engaged with one another. The other combo just went home. Opportunity lost.
Give yourself a quick “pop quiz” – are you spending more time interacting with technology or the people who surround you? Any changes you need to make? –Dave
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity (Ephesians 5:15-16).
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