Remember always that your work or ministry or position dare never keep you from your family. If you fail them, you fail your greatest responsibility—and you are a failure in life. (Ted W. Engstrom)

Rather strong words, aren’t they? Yet, as someone has noted, on their deathbed no one has ever regretted that he or she hadn’t spent more time at work. Rather, they regret the time lost from their families while they went after more fame, position, or money. Besides, think of the damage to children for lack of more time with dad or a working mom.

If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1 Timothy 5:8).