Men, last week in Noble Notes I touched on the issue of work/life balance. This week I want to get a bit more personal on this issue.
I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences… Two weeks ago I was late for ‘Doughnuts with Dad’ at Hannah’s preschool. I was able to let her know that I was running late and asked her to save me a doughnut, which she did. But, the look on her face when I walked through the door said it all.
Last week, I was supposed to be in Zachery’s class to help with a science activity. I did get there, an hour late. It was obvious that I had missed the critical part of the experience when I walked through the door. I was embarrassed and disappointed with myself.
What makes this even more complex is that I was doing other important and significant things, ministry things. But Hannah and Zach really didn’t care about that. This week, I’ve been invited to a speaking opportunity that presents a scheduling challenge. I forwarded the request to Stacy for her comment, here’s what she said, “Do what you think is best, I’ll work around it but I know you run hard then crash fast and we miss out.”
Guys did you catch that last phrase, “and we miss out.” Admittedly, I don’t always have real good answers to challenges I face. But, I do know this, I have to be more careful with the balance of work and family in my own life. I’m sure you do as well. I really don’t want to be one of those guys (many of whom are in ministry) who succeed at work, at the expense of family.
Are you giving your family the best of yourself or do they only get the leftovers?
Consider this from Proverbs: The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him. May your father and mother be glad; may she who have you birth rejoice! My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways…. Proverbs 23:24-26
Men, if your son were to follow your example (keep to your ways) will he grow to be a righteous man?
Noble Notes posted on January 29, 2010