Have you ever put the house before the children?

One morning, my three-year-old Grace ran in from the backyard and skidded across my newly-mopped white kitchen tile, landing in a heap next to the sink.

I went to comfort her, but first noticed the two dirt streaks left by her bare feet when she fell. With a washcloth already in hand, I wiped up the parallel tracks and then offered kisses to my crying little girl.

As I went through that five-second process, a voice inside my head said, “Look at what you are doing. What is most important here?”

It’s a no-brainer when I look at it logically. What deserves my best attention? A floor? Or Grace?

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