Paternal Leave

Have you ever asked yourself what your perfect day would look like? A day where you don’t have to worry about going to the office, thinking about assignments, meetings, deadlines, etc. It is a day where you have total control of your time. How would you go about your day? Would you do anything differently?
My wife and I have been blessed with our second baby girl and thankfully, with it came a rather generous paternal leave. Months before our baby arrived, I’ve already told myself that I would use this time off wisely. I would make sure that every day is met with purpose and be productive. Sure enough, plans don’t always come together. The first two weeks were spent traveling back and forth between our home and the doctor’s office or hospital due to some medical precautions for our newborn.
 
Thankfully as things settled down, I was able to slowly but surely put structure to my day. So let me share the abbreviated version of things: Devotion and prayer in the morning, take my 3 year old to school, do housework, block of time for business activities and set aside time for personal development, go to the gym, pick up my 3 year old from school, hang out and play with kids, have supper, family time, get the girls ready for bed, go to sleep then do it all over again the next day.
 
I do have to be honest and say that unfortunately some days aren’t as productive as I would like them to be due to circumstances simply because life happens. Nevertheless, as I reflect on the days passed, I found myself spending a significant amount of time focusing on personal growth in the field of business. Although I am learning a lot, something was missing. I realized that the most important component of personal development is not knowledge through books or attending webinars, but it is time you spend getting to know Jesus Christ. The time we spend with Him daily is the key to developing a real and personal relationship with Him.
 

The most important component of personal development is not knowledge through books or attending webinars, but it is time you spend getting to know Jesus Christ.

 
I speak to myself just as much as to anyone else when I say – listen to his leading as you immerse yourself in scripture. Put as much effort into getting to know Christ same as you would in pursuing your deepest passions. Decide to make Him first in our lives then it would catalyze true personal development.
 
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” – 2 Peter 3:18

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