For Husband and Wife ( Day 10 of 18 )
JUST SHARING (from the “Couple’s Devotional Bible”)
This article’s author: R. Kent Hughes
Bible Passage: Malachi 4:1-6
Key Verse: Malachi 4:6
“He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers….”
Parents need to be there for their children. The requirements of tenderness, discipline and instruction, taken together, demand one great thing, as a certain busy doctor came to realize. As he was preparing an article for a medical journal, his little son crept into the forbidden sanctuary of his father’s study.
“Daddy,” he appealed. The doctor handed the boy a box of candy.
A few moments later the boy again said, “Daddy,” and his father absentmindedly handed him a pencil. “Daddy,” the boy persisted.
Angered, the busy doctor swung around in his chair. “What is so important that you insist on interrupting me? I’ve given you candy and a pencil. What do you want?”
“Daddy, I want to be with you!”
Parenthood cannot be lived out by proxy. You need to participate in putting your little ones to bed and praying for and with them. You need to be at their plays, speeches, recitals and sporting events. You need to schedule regular time alone with each of your children.
We all go through periods when we have little time for our families – it’s part of the natural rhythm of life. But excessive “busyness” must not be by choice. We must beware of packing our schedules by saying “yes” to too many things that mean “no” to our families. Now is the time to become the parents God wants us to be.
• When was the last time you had a spontaneous time of love and affection with your kids?
• How have you seen the need “to be with you” at work in your marriage, as well as in your kids?
Additional Scripture Readings: Ephesians 6:4; Psalm 103:13; Proverbs 3:11-12