We often say “family comes first”. Yet, we find it hard to put it into practice. Sometimes, we find ourselves having to choose between work and family. Parenting makes choosing between career and family more complex.
The time change or daylight savings exercabated the guilt I feel each time I pick up the little one late in the evening. My goodness! 6pm feels like 8pm. It is difficult to engage the little one or see his face when driving home from daycare in the dark.
After much introspection, I realized I was feeling guilty because I could change the situation if I truly desired a change. I asked God to give me the courage to choose my family over work. He answered. Yesterday, I presented my case and my supervisor was willing to work with my desired schedule. What a blessing!
When work starts to interfere with one’s family life, I believe one should take a moment and reflect on what really matters. We matter more to our family than our employers. Our employers can replace us anytime. Even CEOs get replaced. We should also remember that our jobs are not our source of income, they are channels of income. God is our source, He provides for his people. You can trust God to provide a better job that would allow for more family time, if that’s what you desire.
Balancing work and family life is difficult. That’s why we need to reflect on what really matters everyday. Ask God for wisdom, review your work schedule and restrategize. If leaving your work 15 mins early means more family time, go for it. God can give you favor on your job if you need help with your schedule. I was favored while serving in the military (that’s one of the hardest places to get what you want) and now on my civilian job. There is nothing too difficult for God.
Have a blessed weekend!