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And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children...  – Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV

I’ve been at my new job as a maintenance electrician for almost three months. For over a decade, I’ve worked a lot of overtime as an industrial/commercial electrician. I worked in mines, salt plants, airfields, factories, and high-rise buildings. It wasn’t uncommon for me to get to work before the sun came up and come home after dark. I would then do paperwork, while my wife waited (for an hour or so) to talk with me. I worked hard to provide for my family and make sure my jobs came in on time and under budget. This is what God called me to do, right? Wrong. 

“Providing for my family” was how I justified missing every meal with my wife and kids for weeks on end. “Providing for my family” was how I justified not tucking my kids in at night and praying for them. How I justified not making it to birthday parties, family and church events.

It was time to face the facts. I had to accept the reality that I was spending way too much time away from my family. If I didn’t get my priorities straight, I was going to miss the biggest ministry and responsibility God had for me: my family. God called me to be like Jesus to my wife (Ephesians 5:25). How could I be like Jesus to Ashley when I was never around? God called me to make disciples (Matthew 28:19). What better disciple-making conditions could possibly exist than the God-designed structure of seeing my children as my disciples (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)? Don’t misunderstand me, God has absolutely called me to provide for my wife and kids (1 Timothy 5:8) and to work hard at my job (Colossians 3:23). 

Sometimes, God calls us to do things that would seem crazy to the world. So I got a job that didn’t require as much of my time and energy. Please don’t use Biblical concepts to neglect your wife, kids, and church.

Submitted by:
Billy Johnson
The Rock Church
Draper, Utah

One-Year Bible Reading
Isaiah 12:1-14:32
2 Corinthians 13:1-14
Psalm 57:1-11
Proverbs 23:9-11

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