Picture the American dream: A nice two-story home, a screened in porch, and a white picket fence encircling your kids as they play in an acre yard. Sounds pretty nice, right? But is it worth the sacrifices it takes to achieve it?
Does the American longing for more and more ever really end? Does contentment ever truly start? Let’s look for guidance about the American dream in the Bible.
American Dream in the Bible
Are you, like many other parents, working nonstop and desperately trying to achieve the American dream? Are you anxious, worn out, and starting to think the American dream is actually a nightmare?
Maybe it’s time to think about the trade-offs of life. You might work hard trying to make more money or to provide a more comfortable life for your family, but you will never get back the time you spent working on these goals—time you could have spent with your kids at young or foundational times in their lives.
Trying to live for the American dream might actually lead to all kinds of trouble in your life.
Proverbs 15:16 says, “Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.”
The book of Proverbs often boldly reminds us to keep our priorities focused on the right things. Remember that there are many trade-offs in life. As a parent, be discerning about what things do and do not get priority in your life. And make wise decisions.
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