They are taking stock of their life: the moments of joy, the conversations and days they wish they could have back, and everything in between. They will rarely tell you of how they wished they could go back and work longer hours or watch more of their favorite TV shows. No, they all wish for more time with their family and close friends.
Keeping Jesus at the forefront of our lives is essential for success in every other area. Our family should come right after Him. Our relationship with our family should be a reflection of our relationship with Him.
Whenever we allow something or someone else to come before our family we invite chaos into our lives and our homes.
The way this usually happens is one or both of the parents make their job a greater priority than their marriage and children. Without having to speak a word we are telling our family that they are less important.
The problem with this isn’t that we spend less time at home or miss our children’s events; it’s that we are showing our family that we value work over relationships. So, while we are verbally teaching them to live by grace instead of law, we are modeling the opposite. We’ll also show them that it’s alright to speak one way and live another.
Please don’t read these words as judgment or condemnation. It is important for us to know that if we’ve placed work or anything else in front of our family that the fix isn’t difficult. We simply have to change our minds about what’s important. It just takes rearranging our priorities to line up with God’s Word. We should not take that meeting and go to our son’s soccer game instead. We should pass on that side job and take our wife on a date. Everyday we should question whether we value as our priority our jobs or our relationships and consciously choose our relationships.
As we make this part of our daily routine, we’ll see our family life flourish.
We’ll also notice that we have more favor and creativity at our jobs. This happens because when our lives are in line with God’s order it allows His wisdom and power to move freely in our lives. However, all of this begins by consciously choosing to keep ourselves under the authority of Jesus and prioritizing our family.