Daniel Garnett, Southern Baptist Chaplain, North American Mission Board

READ Ephesians 5:15-16

“These days you have with your family really are, right now, ‘the good old days.’  Wherever you are in life and whatever the age of your kids (or grandkids), in 10 or 20 years you will look back on this time with one of two primary emotions: you will either regret that you did not spend more fun time with your wife and children (or grandchildren), or you will be thankful for all the fun times you had together.  Or maybe, if you’re like most men, you will have both emotions – and both will be justified. But one thought I guarantee you will not have: I should have spent more time at the office.” –Gregory Slayton, “Be A Better Dad Today!” 

When I read those words a couple of years ago, they hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized that if I was not careful, I could easily fall into the trap of sacrificing my family on the altar of success.  The truth of the matter is that we only get one shot at being a husband and a father and we need to make the most of every opportunity.

One day we will have to stand before God and give an account of how well we managed our own family. My prayer that we will have done everything possible to make sure our family knew how much we loved and cared for them. I pray that they will be encouraged by how we sought to live a God honoring life in front of them.  

PRAY:
We give thanks to You, God, that we have a heavenly Father who loves and cares deeply for His children.  In a world of competing demands, help us as husbands and fathers to make the most of every opportunity so that we can confidentially stand before You one day. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

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