It is now the New Year and time for resolutions.
I was thinking of what things I want to improve on in 2010 and was reminded of one my supervisors/friends from years past.
One day I went into my supervisors office and was discussing work projects. I glanced at his desk and noticed a baseball sitting on the desk. I guess I just had not noticed it before. After we had finished discussing work items I asked him what was the significance of the baseball on the desk?
He got a very serious look on his face, picked up the baseball, sat back in his chair and with tears filling his eyes began to share his story.
His son loved baseball and loved to play catch with his dad. The problem was that Dad was a VP (Vice President) of the company and worked long hours and traveled out of town a lot. Dad struggled to find time to play catch and even when home was often exhausted when he got home from work.
At the age of 8, his son died quite suddenly from a children's disease. The family, a wonderful Christian family was devastated.
My supervisor leaned forward in his chair and said, "I keep the baseball on my desk to remind me of having correct priorities. I miss my son, I cannot go back, but I can go forward."
I pray, "Lord, as I start into year 2010, help me to see the needs of others, my work responsibilities for you - and please help me to see the needs of my family - amen."