In his book, A Full Quiver, Rick Hess encourages fathers to trade excess recreational time for family time. He says:
“Time is not our own. But we have an excellent example in the Lord Jesus, who spent His available time with His twelve spiritual children. We must abandon our tendency to leave parenting to our wives and follow the example of the Lord Jesus. We are the trainers of our children.
Worried if you will be able to stand the sacrifice of giving up your time? Strange as it sounds, going for a walk with a little person and communicating with him on his own level what God has been teaching you can be more satisfying than Monday night football.
Every man has a chance to be a king with his kids. Or he can opt for being a face in the crowd and a stranger at home. Guess which is more satisfying.”
That’s a good perspective for fathers who want to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.