Reflection: Many of us as fathers desire safety and security for our families and opportunities for our kids. Some of us achieve this by working long hours or taking jobs that pay more but pull us away from our family as well. Some of us have fallen for the lie that money will help our kids most. If we work harder, earn that promotion, even at the cost of time at home, our kids will be better off in the long run. James warns us about riches fading away like things in the natural world. Our relationships with our kids are just as vulnerable as the withering flowers he
speaks of. It’s important for us to remember that wealth does not create good fathers. Our riches will fade away, but the relational and spiritual capital we provide for our kids will stand the test of time. Even if you aren’t a father, James’ words ring true regarding our other relationships, which can sometimes take a back seat to our desire for more wealth.
Questions: Where in your life are you choosing money over quality time with your kids/family? What small decision can you make today to prioritise relationships over income?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for providing for me. Please help me use the financial resources that you have blessed me with for good. Help me to prioritise my
relationships with others over financial considerations and help me make decisions that focus on your kingdom first, rather than wealth and success.
We’re reading the Bible until September 8th with Rick Pekan. Rick is Bible Society Australia’s church and community relations coordinator in WA. With his wife Louise, Rick has been a foster carer for 40 children as well as having four children of their own.