Have any of you found yourselves wrestling with the challenges of career and family?
What does it mean to plan for the future? I’ve begun to recognize that some of my perspective has been quite selfish. The freedom we have to plan our families sometimes allows us to simply push family away or give it a lower priority. In God’s economy, the family is precious. We should not forget that. We should not be quick to trade in the rich blessing of family in order to focus on status, money, education, or other things that often steal our attention.
I’m not trying to pass judgment on those who read this. Ultimately, these things are personal decisions between you and God and He will make it clear whether you are aimed in the right direction or not. There is not a one size fits all scriptural answer to how to seek God’s kingdom first. What I am saying is that we need to think critically and respond prayerfully when faced with an overwhelming amount of questions about school, work, and family.
Singles, it’s okay to marry later, but please do so with the right motive. Don’t put off marriage in an effort to extend the carefree life of college. I also know from personal experience that there are seasons where there is no one in your path to consider for marriage.
Couples, there is certainly wisdom in looking at goals and finances when thinking about having children. Still, remember that children are a heritage from the Lord and be open to His plans.
Christian singles can reflect a humble, servant-oriented lifestyle that supports the church and the family.
Christian families who live intentionally have a tremendous opportunity to witness to neighbors and coworkers in a world where self-promotion and self-exaltation seems to be part of the expression of living the American dream.