Balancing Family and Work Life

Nathan Ros

The first and the most important institution that God established is the institution of the home. The home is vital to a community, a city, a state, and yes, the country. Many churches have lost their emphasis on the family. Don’t get me wrong—doctrine is important to preach and teach, but if we don’t have the next generation that is brought up and trained right, biblical doctrine will be lost!

The family structure is vital! I know in our present time all of us are busy. We have rent or mortgage, car payments, bills, investments, college, and other “important” things to pay and save up for. It seems like we are so busy “making a living” for our family that we are losing a life with our family. We work so much for our family that we neglect time with our family. I have never heard of someone saying, “Man, I just spend way too much time with my family and not enough time at work.” Often I hear the opposite.  

J. Paul Getty was worth $6 billion (approximately $21 billion in today’s market). He was ranked as the 67th richest American who ever lived. He was a very successful businessman with a great drive to accumulate wealth and succeed in the business world. He was married and divorced five times. Getty was quoted as saying, "A lasting relationship with a woman is only possible if you are a business failure." Needless to say, his business was more important to him than his family. During the twilight of Getty’s life, he was interviewed and was asked, “Is there anything in your life you wished you possessed?”  His answer: “I envy a happily married couple.”

Mr. Getty was a very successful businessman but when life was about to be over, he didn’t say, “I wish I had spent more time at work.” No, he said, “I have never been given to envy—save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily.”

So how do you balance family and work?

1. Make sure you have the right priorities.

Your priority should not be work but your family. Always make room for them and set them on top after the Lord. When you come home, do your best to leave your work at the “office” and give your attention to your family.

2. Have a plan written out on how you will spend family time.

a. Eat at least one meal a day together.

b. Have a date night once a week with your wife.

c. Have a family entertainment day—whether it is a film, board games, dinner out, or a physical activity.

d. Have a yearly vacation time. Save up money for this in your budget.

e. Take unannounced outings with your children.

3. Remember your family’s special days:

a. Birthdays

b. Anniversary

c. Christmas

d. Special events

Nathan Ros

Bro Ros does a great job in every aspect of ministry that he serves in! He leads our Khmer ministry, youth ministry, and is the teacher of the Grace Adult Bible Class. He and his wife have four wonderful children.

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