Good morning everyone,
All your life, you've probably been told that success is based on heart ache and sacrifice! In order to succeed in this world, you have to give proportionately more than the amount you are going to receive. Unfortunately, our worldly success is based on how many hours you are willing to sacrifice of your family(friends) time in order to get to the top of the rung! And then when you get there, and you've received some of what has been promised, you usually look back and realize it really wasn't worth what you lost! So to sum up worldly success, in most cases you are going to forfeit the things you value most in order to be considered one of best at what you do! What? We have been brained washed to perform at levels that cause us to give most of our time to our job! If you are not careful, your job will consume you to the point that your family and all the things that you deem important will be swallowed up. A point of caution; don't let this happen. As men we make the mistake of being driven to care for our families. In the process, we forget who caused us to be driven. We make the excuse that we are working hard for our family when in essence we never have time for our family. Now that is mixed up thinking! It says in Ecclesiastes 10:10, "Since a dull ax requires great strength, sharpen the blade. That's the value of wisdom, it helps you succeed." So ask the Lord to give you insight into your situation and help you discern whether or not the time your spending is time well spent. When my day begins with time with Him, it is crystal clear what is important and what can wait. Waiting is the tough part because it is ingrained in us to occupy our time with being busy! Listen to His still small voice and ask Him to give you a sharp ax so that you can have the wisdom to know what activities He considers important!
Your brother in Christ,