Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday Quotable

“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can't make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back. Your
time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you
can give someone is your time. It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. "My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action." Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is "T-I-M-E.”
--Rick Warren, excerpt from
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For

Today's quote isn't so much a quote as it is a chapter--ok, I exaggerate a bit, but it's not the bite sized tidbit I usually give. I heard the last sentence of the excerpt when watching Lifeclass last night and that by itself was going to be the Monday Quotable. Then, I dusted off my copy of The Purpose Driven Life and found the language around the quote. I had to add include at least this much.

One of my resolutions this year was to preserve date night and to spend as much or more time with family and friends. In today's world, it is so easy to rely on text messaging and social media to stay in touch. At the end of the day, liking my friend's Facebook status update about getting a new job isn't the same as taking her out for drinks to celebrate. Texting to say "I hope you're well" isn't the same as arranging for a lunch to actually talk about how someone is doing. Sitting in the room with Ash while we're each multitasking (watching TV, working on computers, playing games on my iPad, etc.) isn't really spending time. There are times when I have to ask him what he said 3 or 4 times because I'm listening to the TV, working on a blog post, and texting with friends all at the same time. Focusing on each other and truly hanging out is the real way we develop our relationship. That's why date night became so important to us.

So, share some time with those you love this week. Dinner, drinks, conversation--even on the phone. Stop playing Temple Run or loading pics to Instagram for a few minutes. Live and love in the present moment. Truly be there and give your time (love).

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