My son?Tyler had been cared for by?his precious nanny, Mary,?since he was 3.?It was the hand of God that?had?brought her to us.?
My job as a television news anchor?in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?meant needing childcare from 2 in the afternoon until at least 11?at night — not an easy schedule for childcare facilities. I?realized that I needed someone in our home.
My television director happened to mention that her aunt worked as a nanny in San Antonio and might be willing to make the move.?Between Mary and Tyler, it was love at first sight.?She quickly became such a part of our family that, when we moved back to Oklahoma, Mary came with us.?
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Around the time when Tyler was in third grade, we discovered that Mary?needed new glasses.?We made an appointment at Dean McGee Eye Institute.?That huge medical complex was a bit intimidating to her but, if Tyler was along, she felt comfortable.
Still, Mary was a tiny woman, and once we were in the examination room, she was physically?overwhelmed?in that big medical chair.?The doctor turned the lights off and asked Mary to read the line of letters on the wall.? In the dark room, we failed to notice that as she struggled to read them, Tyler had crept over to the side of her chair and was telling her what the letters were.?
It was such a precious thing to see his helping attitude to someone who was so dear to him.?
I always think about that scene when I get my own eyes checked.?These days, without my glasses, the words on the wall are blurry.?
“Which is clearer … one or two?” I can hardly tell them apart.?Yet the technician flips and flips?and flips again —and suddenly what’s been so blurry is clear and sharply?in focus.?
This brings me to a question.?Do you feel like the past year has been blurry And,?as we’re coming out of that time, do you have clarity and focus on what you want your life to look likeWe’ve all lost time and occasions that can never be recaptured, but one gain we can have going forward is more intentionality about the future.?
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I want to be clear about my purpose and priorities.?I don’t want ever again to lose myself in doing things that don’t mean anything to me.?Those things?aren’t God’s goal for me.?Yet it’s so easy to slide into endless busyness, trying to prove relevance or importance, working to get ahead, checking?and posting on?social media, watching one worthless television show after another.?
From this past year, we’ve come to understand not only the importance of people in our lives, but also?the necessity of?stepping into nature, granting ourselves rest, and creating space to encounter God.?I’m always blown away by what Jesus said was the most important?commandment:?“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
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And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-38).”?
Here in Oklahoma, every week opens?to a more?familiar?existence.?So?— going forward, what “new normal” shall we focus onLet’s not waste the lessons we’ve learned, but ask ourselves:?What makes the world better for our children and grandchildrenAnd — what?helps us grow?in?our?love for God and for others
Day by day
Day by day?
Oh, Dear Lord?
Three things I pray?
To see thee more clearly?
Love thee more dearly?
Follow thee more nearly?
Day by day?
Day by day by day by day?
— Music?by Stephen Schwartz, from the musical, “Godspell.”?