God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
God first, family second, and career third—in that order there is order. In that order, and only in that order, shall you have the foundation and map for a life as God intended. If you are too lazy to commit to God and family then you are too lazy to do the work God intended, and you don’t deserve the fruits of your labor in your career— that you can only receive through God’s will and grace.
The more successful in your life you become the more God is showing you that your home base is Him and your family. If you neglect them your blessings will become less obvious. It is rarely the case that a neglected career is the result of a deeply-connected spiritual and family bond. If your career is in the dumps or you never seem fulfilled, I can look to your spiritual and family life and see frayed connections. Your foundation is weak, broken, or nonexistent. So that shows in other areas of your life.
Then that is your family.
Embrace them. Celebrate them. Bond with them through moments of celebration, contemplation, frustration, and despair.
I’m living through my interpretation of where my priorities should be— because after You Father comes my family, and then my career. If I can’t give myself to my family but yet I have it in me to give to strangers and those around me who I can trust only so much, or not at all— then my priorities are off and I need a reset. If I’m off course Father please reset me. Point me in the right direction.
Remind me when I’m investing more outside of my foundation than within. Remind me when I’m investing in people, places, and things that I shouldn’t. I don’t want to be lost. I don’t want to cheapen and disrespect my relationship with you. I don’t want to take for granted my family. I don’t want to weaken, destroy, and lose valuable relationships chasing the superficial, the past, the flesh, and the temporal. If something or someone does not bring added value to my relationship with You and family—not one or the other, but both—then let me see, so that I can walk away and refocus.
I know that the enemy will try to trick me into believing that something or someone is in my best interest, that it or they serve Your purpose, placed before me by You for me and my family’s gain. Or just my gain. Father, give me the discernment and clarity to see the truth, and know the trick for what it is and the goal it seeks to achieve. I ask to be freed of spiritual, mental, and physical bonds that would and are blocking my blessings.
Help me to do my part to properly invest in the two most important things to me, You and my family. In serving You I am blessed and fulfilled. In serving and protecting my family, they praise You, which blesses and fulfills me. My cup would always runs over. Always remind me of this. Humbly I say Thank You. Amen.
Love you all!