Our greatest call in life is not to a build a company, serve a cause or even perform a church ministry.
For most of us (unless you have chosen to remain single for the rest of your life) our greatest calling will be to our family – to cultivate, nurture, and develop a healthy marriage and to be loving parents to our children.
A typical middle income Australian family spends $537,000 for 2 children from birth to the age of 21, with the biggest costs being food, education and childcare (National Centre for Economic Modelling).
For those with kids, hearing that figure could lead you to embark on wild fantasies about all the money you might have banked otherwise. For others, that number might seem to support the decision to remain childless.
Are they worth half a million? It doesn’t seem so bad if you break it down. It translates into $12,000 a year, or $245 a week. That’s a mere $35 a day! Just over $1.40 an hour.
In fact it’s really not such a bad deal when you consider all the love, laughter and pride your children bring you – all totally priceless and irreplaceable.
Plus, you get to be a hero, at least for a short time! In the eyes of your young child, you rank right up there with God. Now there’s something to live up to!
Here’s a lesson from Proverbs:
Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
- Intentionally train your children for future – don’t delegate their upbringing and training in areas such as behaviour, character, attitudes and manners to others such as schools, the churches, child minders or Grandma
- Be a strong role model to your kids by always putting God first in your own life
- Cultivate your marriage
- Love each child unconditionally
Never forget that the family was designed by God as the best environment for children to grow up in.
It has been said that: ‘The best thing you can do for your kids is to love your spouse.’
Gen 2:24 For this reason shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife
So what is the key to a raising children and building a strong family? What is the source of a family needs to draw from to enable it to endure both the sunny days and the valleys of life?
When it comes to family, it all comes back to the strength of the marriage relationship – a healthy marriage built on Godly principles.
Invest heavily in your family – the returns will surpass those in all other areas of your life. Make your family your ‘great call’ in life.