To Husbands and Fathers
It is estimated that on a normal day, the average man spends less than six minutes with his children and less than thirty minutes with his wife.
We give priority to those things which are important to us. Too many men, by majoring in minor matters, are neglecting their families.
Husbands have a tremendous responsibility: "love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Eph.5:25). The least one can do is to treat his wife with the same care he shows to himself. "So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies . . ." (Eph. 5: 28).
The failure to know what a wife needs and then to provide it not only leads to a less than desirable marriage, but also hinders one's prayers (1 Pet.3:7).
Even the best of men have made egregious mistakes in the training of their children: Noah, Abraham, Lot, Eli, David. Is it possible that our absorbing interest in work and worldly matters has caused us to neglect our children? (Eph.6:4.)
Far too many fathers will one day regretfully remark, "While I was busy here and there, my children have gone" (cf. 1 Kings 20:40).
We need more Joshuas who say, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15).