Making family a priority

Making family a priority

As I was getting ready for the day, I got to thinking about all the things I have on my plate right now and thought to myself, “It’s a good thing we are empty nesters, because if I had kids, I wouldn’t be able to do it all.”

This immediately brought to mind Stormie Omartian’s list of a wife’s priorities that I used to have taped to my bathroom mirror. In her book, Power of a Praying Wife, she lists the following…
• God
• Husband
• Children
• Home
• Ministry

I’ll admit, there were times that I got these items a little out of order. Okay, I sometimes still do, but it always helps me to get my priorities straight by remembering this list. She has one for the husband too, but I don’t remember it (probably because that’s not my role – grin).

Along the thought process of making family a priority, I will share that I have recently had two friends lose a young child, in tragedies. There is nothing like seeing their anguish to make someone reorder their priorities. It is vitally important to cherish you family members. This life is never promised to us tomorrow, we only have right now that we know we are alive.

Sure, sometimes you have to work overtime to catch up on some bills. Yes, that charity organization needs your help for this event. There are times when, for the short term, we may put work, or ministry, or even our own pleasure (everybody needs a break now and then) before our family. The general rule though, in my opinion, is to make sure that you realize your priorities are out of whack and get them back on track.

Your family members need to know you love them, every single day. Tell them. Show them. Spend quality time with them. Hug your children close, for they are only little for a brief moment.

Remember to keep God at the top of your priorities list. When nothing seems to makes sense, it is only through Him that we can manage to gain a sense of peace that transcends all understanding.

*Pam Horton Is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach and Parenting Coach.


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