Eric and I took the boys camping this weekend along with a good friend of ours. We had an awesome weekend, and made some great memories. I wanted to share a few lessons I learned leading up to and during the weekend.
Guard Your Time
The three of us had this shared interest in taking the boys camping. We started talking about it in the spring and when the school year was done, we looked at the family calendars and quickly realized we needed to do a better job planning. The entire summer calendar was already full! So we looked at the fall, and picked a weekend. We all agreed with the support of our wives that something was going to pop up that weekend, and that we'd have to say no in order to say yes to camping. By the week of we had no less than 5 major conflicts: Fall Festival at Church, 2 baseball games, a football game, and Tech Week for Christian Youth Theatre.
We knew this was important, we planned ahead, and we guarded that time. No, it didn't go according to plan, but camping happened, the mission was accomplished. Whether it's daily prayer time, a holy hour of adoration, a weekend retreat, or faith-filled guy's weekend, it won't happy if you don't plan it and guard that time.