“It is the wisest among us who keep choosing to make a career out of raising our families, whether or not we have another job.”
A thought by Bob Goff, (2014-01-07) from his book with Barna Group, Multi-Careering: Do Work That Matters at Every Stage of Your Journey (Frames) (p. 35). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
There are so many thoughts that Bob shares that are so very meaningful. I hope you click on the titles of his two book and buy them. He is so refreshing.
Now this thought touched me at a certain spot in my life. I had gotten to the place that I was away from home all day and a big part of my night. My family wasn’t close to being important to me and I came so close to losing out on their lives. One day I came to the point that I needed to make a change so I quit my staff position at a large church, moved to another town and eventually started delivering pizzas and falling in love again with my family and my God. I had gotten my priorities all out of whack. I eventually got back into fulltime ministry but with my family having a higher priority. We have even moved from Florida to California to be close to them. Those granddaughters are so important to us.
Bob says, “If you choose a career and give it everything you’ve got, maybe you win and maybe you lose. But if you choose your family and backfill your career behind it, you win every time. Choose them over and over, and you know what? When you’re older, they’ll choose you back and you’ll never run out of things to talk about.”
He then says, “You know what most young people told us is their top area for improvement? Work. You know what aging boomers said is their top area for improvement? Family. So what if we focused more on our family when we’re young? Maybe it wouldn’t need so much improvement when we’re older.”
Such a good piece of advice. Give yourself to what really matters. Oh yes, we all must work. God built us to work. Bob says, “Figure out who you are, where you flourish, and what lifestyle you want. Then go choose a career or three that help you get there.”
So what is first in your life and are you fulfilled in it?