“Its time to wake up and stop hitting that snooze button!”
Every day we all make decisions – from how many times we hit the snooze button in the morning . . . to what we order for lunch . . . to how late we stay up at night. Let’s face it, we are constantly bombarded with decisions – ALL DAY. But what about the decisions that really count? What about the decisions that affect the ones we love and who are so dear to us? The decisions that have the potential of impacting our children, and our children’s children? Decisions like, should I take that promotion at work with more money and more hours? Or, I’ll just finish the game and spend time with my family afterwards. Or, bringing your laptop in at bedtime to get a jump start on tomorrow’s work instead of spending some time with your wife.
All too often we men seem to just live our lives like the only responsibility we have to our family is to make money so that we can put food on the table and nice things in the garage – and that’s it. Too many of us have either given up on our God given responsibility to engage our families and lead them, or we have no desire to go to God’s Word and see how He has instructed us to live as men. We have become lazy and whether we realize it or not – we have chosen to become passive. It’s like hitting that snooze button over and over again, thinking that we just need a little more rest and after “this promotion” or “ball game” or “guys night out”, we’ll wake up and start living the way we should. Sure, we “excuse” ourselves and say that we’re doing it for our family . . . we’re sacrificing our time and energy so they won’t have to . . . we’re building for the future . . . we just need a little “me time” to relax and recover from work before we engage anyone. But when we choose to hit that “snooze button” and put work over our loved ones, or place a higher priority on entertainment instead of spending valuable time with our family – we’re not sacrificing our time . . . we’re sacrificing our family. And just like that snooze button, if we hit it enough times, we’ll eventually wake up, roll out of bed and find ourselves at the end of our lives (having slept through most of it) and realizing that we have nothing eternal to show for it.
Think about that for a second. Our children learn how to “do life” by watching us do life. They learn how to handle their future marital relationship by how we handle ours, they learn how to love God by how we show them we love God, they learn how to raise our future grandchildren by how we raise them. The decisions we make, whether intentional or not, impact our families now and potentially generations to come. Our impact as husbands, as fathers, can be a positive impact (or in-line with the eternal design God has put in place), or it can a negative impact (in-line with what culture has substituted for God’s design). The point is, we are being watched and we are making an impact. Our loved ones need us to be the men God has called us to be and tune in to them and tune out the outside distractions, to intentionally make decisions that will place priority on our God given families and build for eternity.
It’s time to turn the TV off, close the laptop, cut back on the hours at the office and engage our families. Stop sacrificing our families for temporary material gain and start living for what matters most – eternity. It’s time that we wake up and embrace our responsibilities as shepherds over our families and lovingly lead our homes. Our wives needs us. Our children need us.
“Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:14-16.
What type of impact will you have on your family today, will it be positive . . . or negative?