10.02.2011

on working and family and God.

we work too much.
we forget about God.
and we wonder why our families are falling apart and our marriages ending.

we wake the kids up, give them food, haul them to school/daycare, take off to our jobs, pick the kids up, try to throw something together fast for supper, are tired and exhausted, watch TV for a few hours, fight over bed time, and do it all over again.

i'm sorry folks, but there seems to be something terribly wrong here.
i have seen so many parents say that they can't "afford" to stay at home, or cut back on work. true, some honestly cannot, and many 2 parent and single parent households work very hard, are financially responsible, and struggle to get by. but honestly, most could.

they could sell their brand new car and down grade to a used, but perfectly adequate vehicle. they could get rid of the wii, the 5 TVs and computers, the boat, the brand new house that is completely unnecessarily large, and well, you get the point.

we are essentially placing our comfort and material possessions above our marriages and our children. God says where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. most say their treasure is in their family, faith, etc. but they spend the majority of their time away from their family, and away from God.

 we work hard and long hours, so we can pay for all the things that we 'need' to have, we come home tired from working so hard, and as a result, our family suffers, our marriages lose their spark, and our children don't get to see their father's and mother's delight in them, or each other.

we forget that all things come from Him and no good thing is a part from Him.

yes, it is a good thing to work. it is a blessing to be able to earn money and provide and serve others. but God's word is clear that this is not to rise above your love for Him or for your spouse, or your children.

what would happen if we stayed at home with our kids, and taught them to love the Lord and to grow in Him ourselves? we could actually get to know who they are, instead of allowing their teacher, or daycare provider to spend 9 of the 12 hours waking hours with them, instead of their own mother and father.

this is not an easy thing, it requires sacrifice and trust, trust that God will provide for your family's needs, not relying on your own strength or will power. it takes living moderately, and modestly, and learning to be content no matter what your situation is. all things are possible through Him.

Phil 4:12-13
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

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