Keeping the Home Fires Burning
When we talk about our priorities in life, we often describe them as:
It is so easy for our career to become the altar upon which we sacrifice our family. Yet we realize (as some wise sage has said), that on our deathbed we won't look back over our life and say, "Gee, I sure wish I'd spent more time at the office!"
Does our family "feel" like they are a top priority in our life? Do we take intentional time with them to hear from them, share their concerns and dreams, and simply enjoy one another?
One thing I have done that helps me focus meaningful time toward my family is to plan a "date night" with my kids. It doesn't even have to be a regularly scheduled event; just a couple hours to go bowling, play a round of putt-putt golf, get an ice cream cone, go for a walk or a Picnic-for-Two. They love the special attention and face-to-face contact these times provide.
Of course, the same is true with our wives or husbands. It is easy for me to slip into a routine and assume all is okay. Taking my wife on a date helps keep the fires of love and commitment glowing. And it honors God. And it reminds me to give thanks for the wonderful gift God has given me in Lee Anne.
Scripture: I Peter 3:8, 9 - "To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing."
Action Point: Do you need to invite your kids or spouse on a date this week? It does not have to be complicated or expensive -- because what they want most is you. Verbally express to them that they are God's gifts to you.
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