Sam Walton began his long road to success and riches with a small store in Newport, Arkansas. Not long after the store became profitable, the owner of the space he was renting, forced him out, so the owner’s son could have it. What might have been a set back for young Walton, he allowed to turn into motivation to continue his business. As his stores expanded, he remained committed to seeing them do well. His daughter recounts their family vacations, where they’d strap a canoe on top of the family station wagon and head off to a new destination. All along they way, they would visit Wal-Marts; a practice that she continues long after the family vacations ended.
Is your commitment to the cause, rubbing off on those around you, especially those closest to you? Walton’s daughter went on to say that she never felt like her dad worked all the time. He made time for his kids and allowed them to tag along without making them feel like they were sacrificing. His work was a joy, and his family recognized that. The result was their commitment to the same cause. How does your family witness your commitment to the ministry? Is it a lifestyle or an occupation? Do you enjoy it so much that long after you’re gone your kids will continue loving people in Jesus’ name?
Finding a balance with your family and ministry is never easy, but half the battle is your commitment and the attitude that accompanies it. We all have to create boundaries and make time for our spouses and our children, but in the day in and day out tasks of the job, we have to maintain our commitment to the cause. Vince Lombardi once said that “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” We are privileged to love teenagers and wanting to win them to Jesus lies at the heart of everything we do.
How are you doing on this? My amazing son, Josh, wrote a book that shares how we made time for family when our two boys were young, while both their dad and I were engaged in full-time ministry. It’s called, “Help! I’m Raising Kids While Doing Ministry.” If you’re struggling in this area, this book offers some great insights on how to balance family and ministry.