WHEN WORK AND FAMILY COLLIDE

I’ve been reading Andy Stanley’s book, “When Work and Family Collide”.

A statement in chapter 7 got my attention. He said, “re-prioritizing your world around your family is not just a good idea; it’s a God idea. As a Christian, I don’t think I have any options when it comes to establishing my priorities. To ask my family to take the leftovers is more than insensitive. It flies in the face of everything we’re taught in the New Testament about the family.”

Nowhere in Scripture are we commanded to lay down our lives for stock options or to love our careers like Christ loved the church. We are told to “do” our jobs and “love” our families (Colossians 3:23). When we love our job and do our family, we have not only stepped outside the bounds of family life but we’ve also stepped outside the will of God.

“God doesn’t reveal his will for our consideration. He reveals it for our participation.” (Charles Stanley)

Making a decision by the grace of God is the way to go. Daniel “resolved in his heart” to obey God. Building a conviction and making the decision is painful and difficult but it is well worth it.

The Latin word for decide is decider which means to ‘cut off’. Deciding not to cheat at home involves “cutting off” whatever behavior and habits that are contrary to your new conviction.

Making up your mind isn’t just choosing an option. That’s only half the battle. It is also about thoroughly eliminating all competing options.

Henrando Cortez had a conviction. April 21, 1519, he resolved to whatever it takes to conquer Mexico for Spain. He was up against the Aztecs, Cubans and Mayan warriors. As long as there were ships to retreat to, retreat would remain an option.

What did he do? He had the ships burned so that retreat won’t be one of the options anymore. That resolute choice rallied the men to focus all their strength and resources on achieving the only option – to win! In an incredible short amount of time, Mexico was theirs.

Decide today.

Decide now.

God’s grace is available.

 

POINT MAN

As I was working on my desk at the office this morning, I noticed a book on my shelf that I read a long time ago that really helped me as a young dad.

If there was one book I can recommend for all the dads out there to read, it is this one by Steve Farrar entitled “Point Man”.

One of the quotes he had in the book was …

If a man is passive and indifferent to the things of God and the spiritual leadership of his home, then attack is not necessary. He is already neutralized. – Steve Farrar
 This hit me so hard that I asked God to continuously make me the man He designed me to be, the husband I am to be and the father I am supposed to be to my kids.
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ROAD TRIPS

One of the things I’m so thankful for are the simple road trips we get to do as a family.

These trips are one of the joys we have. We try to ban iPads while on the road so that we can interact more. More conversations happen there because they are captured market. Haha. They can’t go anywhere.

Here are a couple of videos of what we took on the way to a beach trip. Our kids are crazy. I guess they take after their parents.

I’m just glad we get to do a lot of these as a family. It’s what I pictured long before I got married. I’m thankful God has given me a family like the one I have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FAITH OF A CHILD

I love coaching Little League baseball.  My son, Ryan, enjoys the game very much.

I heard of a story about a particular game and it goes like this…

A man approached a little league baseball game one afternoon. He asked a boy in the dugout what the score was. The boy responded, “Eighteen to nothing–we’re behind.” 

Boy,” said the spectator, “I‘ll bet you’re discouraged.”

“Why should I be discouraged?” replied the little boy. “We haven’t even gotten up to bat yet!”

I love that attitude!

Faith can move mountains!