The crisis of overworking men
I posted a quote on the Bible page and various other pages and it attracted more than 1,000 comments and some very strong negative, defensive reactions and some in complete agreement. It was titled, The Crisis of Overworking Men:
‘Why are so many Christian men overworking and undercaring for their wives and children? The time has come for us men to examine what is really important in life: our work or our wife? Ephesians 5:25-31,33 A man should love his wife as Christ loved the church and as he loves his own body.
Everywhere I look I see this pattern of men getting distracted, getting their priorities all wrong when making their main focus not their wives and children but work, whether paid or not. And this is really really bothering me.
This is not just limited to men, of course woman struggle with this overwork issue as well, but right now I am turning my attention to my fellow men.
And I completely understand the need to work, to bring in money for the family – this needs to happen! But I see men take high pressured, time hungry jobs that consume their thoughts even when they are not at work, just so they can have a nice house and/or car.
And in the midst of this driven, high pressured environment their relationships with their kids and wives suffer.
Ephesians 5:25-31,33 says: A man should love his wife as Christ loved the church and as he loves his own body. Our wife and kids should be the priority in our lives, and yes we need to be part of providing for them, but also we need to spend more time with them, playing with them, listening (no really listening), reading them stories, going on walks, playing games and lots and lots of laughter.
This has got me really stirred up.. really bothered by this. What do you think? Would love to read your comment below.
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