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Take a Breath and Focus on What is Important

What’s important?

Hey dads! This year is starting to come to a close real soon. We are in the last three months of the year. The weather is cooling off, leaves are starting to fall, footballs are flying around and baseball season is about over. Many guys are getting their hunting spots ready. They are taking time off of work, if possible, and making their way out into the woods to scope out the possibility of getting the big dear of local legend. Or maybe your one of the men who slips off to the lake as the cooler nights start to move the fish a bit more. Or could you be one of the true football fans and you sneak off to get that perfect tailgate spot prior to the game. But guys, are you taking time for what is important?


When I ask are you taking time for what is important, I am referring to family. I understand that many guys are the bread winners for the family. I understand the part where they say, “I need some time away from everything and everyone.” I understand there are times when the stress can build to a point that you need to be alone. I don’t want you blowing up on me or the family! But are you taking time to be with the ones who need you? Are you taking time to talk to the ones who need you? Are you taking time for what is important?


When I ask if you are taking time for what is important, I am also referring to God. You know, if you want to get funny with it, you “owe” God 10% of your money, time and talent. If you put that 10% into time you will get 2.4 hours. That is 2 hours 24 minutes or 144 minutes. Now, how many of us give that amount of time to prayer, praise, worship, Bible study or anything with God? Hmmmm… it gets quiet when we start thinking in those terms doesn’t it?

Take some time this day dad and give thanks to God for your life, your family and your job that all bring your stress. Take time to be with your family, love on them, and appreciate the problems that come with being a dad.

Till next time…

Just a Husband of a Homeschooling Mom,
Steve Blackston


This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.


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