Motives are hugely important, but can be difficult to discern. This is especially true balancing work and family. Let me illustrate. Throughout my career I tended to work long hours. This approach seemed to work well, and the military system validated my work ethic with promotions and good jobs. But a few years ago, the Lord spoke to my heart.
All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord (Proverbs 16:2, NKJV).
Lord: “Scott, why do you work so hard?” Scott: “Lord, I work hard because I love you and I want to serve people.” Lord: “Okay, but are there any other reasons?” Scott (stunned): “Lord, I also work long hours because I am afraid to fail.” Lord: “I knew that, but I wanted to see if you did. But now that you do, take a hard look at the lack of balance in your life. Your family deserves more than you have been giving them. Step out and do what’s right. Don’t worry about failing. I’ve got your back.” Struggling with priorities and balance? Let the Lord check your motives.
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.