Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father,
And give attention that you may gain understanding.
Dad, is it possible you’ve gotten overly committed, so involved in your work or some away-from-home project or hobby that it is draining your time and energy with your family? I understand, believe me, I do....
Instead of challenging fathers to give of themselves, our cultural system encourages them to give the stuff their increased salaries can buy — a better education, a membership at the club, material possessions, nicer homes, extra cars.... But what about dad himself? And that priceless apprenticeship learned in his presence?... It’s gotten lost in the shuffle....
C’mon, dads, let’s lead a revolt!... Let’s refuse to take our cues from the system any longer. Let’s start saying no to more and more of the things that pull us farther and farther away from the ones who need us the most. Let’s remember that the greatest earthly gifts we can provide are our presence and influence while we live and a magnificent memory of our lives once we’re gone.
Taken from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way: Wise Words for Busy People (Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman, 2001), 191.
Everyone begins each day with an opportunity. We all have the same twenty-four hours to spend. Too many, however, watch this time slip away because of poor prioritization.
Careful thought always precedes good action. The Israelite leaders recognized this reality, and in Nehemiah 10, they signed a document promising to lead lives committed to God. Since God was their priority, these faithful people would begin each day looking to Him.
Put first things first with Pastor Chuck Swindoll as he demonstrates the importance of placing God above every other demand.