Chasing after money at the expense of your family, your integrity or your good name can leave you poorer than you can imagine. We all need money to survive, but don’t make the mistake of pushing your love of money ahead of everything else. I have friends who have worked two full-time jobs to maintain a certain lifestyle, but their kids got involved in risky behavior because they were working long hours, and not spending time at home and giving the children the attention and guidance they needed. Marriages often get in trouble for this same reason: one spouse is steadily climbing the corporate ladder to success, but their spouse is lonely.
To be clear, I don’t believe that God wants us to walk in the Ministry of Poverty, I’m simply saying don’t chase after riches and neglect everything else. Our first ministry should be our family. Don’t allow yourself to be a wonderful provider, but a so-so spouse or parent. Balance is key. When you’re home with your family, be in the moment. Disconnect from electronic devices and tune in to your family. Beware: pre-teens/teens may not appreciate your extra effort immediately and may even be suspicious of your motives. Give them time. They’ll eventually thank you for making them your priority.
Take action now: “Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction” (Ephesians 6:4, Good News Translation).
Embrace this truth: Set a goal to leave a legacy of love — this type of legacy will outlast your bank accoun