The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. 1 Timothy 6:10
I'm concerned about the impact of materialism on families today. During the Great Depression, it was easy enough for parents to tell
We live in a time where many men of God are willingly standing on the sidelines. Think about it. The Head Coach has called us onto the field, and the game has started. Yet, many of us are not even dressed for the game. The Coach reminds us what He has done to get us to this point. For some of us, the first quarter is still going on. For others, the game is approaching half-time. And, still for some, it's the third or fourth quarter. No difference. The Coach is still calling our names. He wants us to do what He has made us to do—play hard for Him and finish strong.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race." 2 Timothy 4:7
Men, our families are dying on the field and many of us are not even suited up. We cannot allow the world's affairs and its stuff to pull us away from our primary mission as a husband and a dad: To love our wife as Christ loves His church and build into the lives of our kids. If this isn't happening on a regular basis, we need to call a timeout and evaluate our game plan.
On a side note, I've seen many football games where men twice my size come together and join hands in the "huddle." For many of the men, there is a deep camaraderie and mission that unites them. They would literally sacrifice their bodies for one another and the mission. Think about. All this focus, practice, passion, intensity, and sacrifice all over a football game. How much more important is our marriage and our children?
It's time to suit up and get the job done where it matters most—in our own homes. When it's all said and done, the role of a husband and a father is the biggest "game" of our lives as men.
I played some football growing up. However, my favorite sport was wrestling. I can remember one tournament in which I had an infection and some seriously swollen glands. I could hardly lift my one arm due to the pain. Yet, I wrestled several more matches. Even though it felt like someone was pressing a hot iron into my side, I gave it my all. Men—God has called us to fight for something far more important then a wrestling match or a football game. Are you willing to give your wife and kids your all?
Regardless of how long you've been married or the age(s) of your children, God's has positioned you to be a leader for your family. Every day you live, you have a chance to be used by God to impact your wife and children. It's time to suit up and get the job done where it matters most—in our own homes. When it's all said and done, the role of a husband and a father is the biggest "game" of our lives as men. Don't ever give up or give in until that final buzzer goes off—our families are counting on us.
"...But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”