I have been thinking about a lot of things this week. It was a rough week in which God showed me things I needed to see. The funny thing is that I had friends and family around me dropping hints but I was blind to them and well, I learned the hard way again.

Probably the biggest lesson I found this past week has to do with the following verse…

But those who won’t care for their own relatives, especially those living in the same household, have denied what we believe. Such people are worse than unbelievers. (1 Timothy 5:8, NLT)

Sometimes following God’s Word is not easy. I learned that sometimes we need to sacrifice what we want to do in order to do what God is calling us to do. That was the case this week. God made it clear where my focus needs to be. I pray that He honors the decisions that have been made.

God’s timing is amazing! As I sit here writing this blog and listening to my Ipod, a song comes on that deals with what I just wrote. Mark Schultz sings a song that should serve as powerful illustration of the importance of focusing on our family. Below is a part of the lyrics from the song “Do You Even Know Me Anymore”:

I turned around,
To see my son.
Well I remember his first birthday. Now he’s 21.
I missed his life,
I missed it all,
Oh to him I was a man just living down the hall.
He said “I learned to live,
Without you Dad,
But I’d give it all
Just to have you back.

But you don’t even know who I am anymore.
I used to wait at all my games,
But still you never came,
And I’ve been waiting right here,
Over all these years.
For the time you said you’d owe me,
I wanted you to show me,
But do you even know me anymore?”

That verse hits me hard. Life goes by so fast and I so don’t want to miss out but when I focus on what I want and my dreams alone…I miss out. Family is very important from God’s perspective and as Jesus Followers we need to make it a priority in our lives also.

Funny, the next song after that one is called, “Time That Is Left” and starts by asking this haunting question,

What will you do with the time that’s left
Will you live it all with no regret?
Will they say that you loved till your final breath?
What will you do with the time that’s left?

That is where I am at now as I think about what to do next. How can I best use my time to first honor God above all else, then to honor and love my family and give them the time they need from me.

As the head of our household, it is my responsibity to follow certain family principles so that all the members of my family grow to serve God.

And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man is actually loving himself when he loves his wife. (Ephesians 5:25-28, NLT)

And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. (Deut. 6:5-7, NLT)

God, as I step up to take these responsibilities even more seriously than I have before, please help me to honor you in all I do. This is not something I can do out side your strength. Please Lord give me all I need to overcome temptation, sin and struggles and be the man of God you need me to be. I place all my trust in you and pray for all the help I can get! thank you Lord Amen.

God did it again! As I wrote this prayer a song was playing in my Ipod that relates! Another Mark Schultz song of course… “He will carry me” – Check these lyrics out, awesome to hear as you are praying for his strength…

And even though I’m walkin’ through
The valley of the shadow
I will hold tight to the hand of Him
Whose love will comfort me
And when all hope is gone
And I’ve been wounded in the battle
He is all the strength that I will
Ever need
And He will carry me

I know I’m broken
But You alone
Can mend this heart of mine
You’re always with me


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