The American culture puts a big emphasis on the importance of hard work and career success. While these are good qualities, these pursuits can sometimes blind us to another incredibly important pursuit—raising a healthy family.
Unfortunately, children have plenty of apps, websites, and movies that will hijack the role of “parent” if you are absent. So, if you find yourself spending more quality time on the job than at home, it might be time to prioritize family over work.
How Children Suffer when Parents Do Not Prioritize Family Over Work
The Bible is pretty clear about how God feels about parents who engage in child sacrifice. Considering our fast-paced lifestyles today, could we be guilty of committing child sacrifice in a totally different way?
We may not be throwing our kids into the flames of instant death, but are we making them endure a longer, slower death of another sort—the sort of death that is ignited by the simple fact that smartphones are with them more than we are?
Have our careers been our gods as we sacrifice our relationship with our kids at the altar of work? One thing we will never say on our deathbed is this: “I wish I would have spent more time at the office.” We have about 18 years of choices to make on behalf of our kids, so let’s choose well.
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