A friend of mine wrote recently, “If we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family left behind would feel the loss for the rest of their lives. Why then do we invest so much in our work & so little in our families’ lives?”
Why do we sometimes exhaust ourselves rising up early and going late to rest “eating the bread of sorrow” Psalms 127:1-2, busying ourselves to make our mark on this world, and overlooking the one investment that matters beyond everything else-our family.
We should strive to love our families. I Cor 13 says a lot of things that love is. Love suffers long & is kind v.4 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, & endures all things v. 7. That’s a lot of wonderful things we should be willing to share with our loved ones. On the same token, here’s what love is NOT: Love is not rude v. 5 Love is not prideful v.4 Love is not provoked & thinks no evil v. 5 We should always be mindful that our families ought to be the most important people in the world to us. We should not be rude to them, think we are better than them, provoke them, or cause evil to come from them. This is not the behavior that the Lord sets before us as love. However, are we nicer to the people we work with than our own families? I know I have been guilty of bringing frustrations & aggrivations, from work, home with me. I must keep in mind the verses in I Cor 13. I should strive to be more like the person in this chapter, to make sure I am showing Christlike love. In the end, it all hangs on these three things: And now abide faith, hope, & love, these three, but the greatest of these is love. v.13 Loving our family is the most worthy thing we can do. There is no need for “anxious toil”, working day & night, for the wise man Solomon proclaimed, for the Lord does take care of us (Psalms 127:2 …for so He gives His beloved sleep)
I have seen love in action, so much through out my life. My Daddy’s love for my Mama in her last years, their unconditional love for me, my wonderful in-law’s love for me, my husband’s love, my children’s love, my brother’s love, my niece & nephews’ love, and the list goes on. I want to be sure that I have returned that special Christ like love to them, as well. When my days are over, I want them to know that God is most important over everything. We must live a life acceptable to God, to receive that crown of life. I pray that they will understand that the Lord will provide for us in all ways, if we trust in Him. We must be determined to leave an investment we will never regret.
(Parts of this was taken from “Our Daily Bread” devo book – devo written by David Roper)
This is something to think about & to ready ourselves for. However, I will think more on it later. Because now I should be washing clothes….