I seem to be on my worst behavior at home.
After a long day of work or a couple of days of travel- I’m often exhausted by the time I get to my house.
Our home should be a place of solace and rest. A time to reconnect with my incredible wife and three great kids. But I often let the stresses of the day continue to linger when I come home.
I can be short…dismissive. Moody. Quiet and reserved. Withdrawn.
Dozens of tiring, negative thoughts preoccupy my mind and can keep me from fully engaging with my family- those that love me most.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20
My behavior demonstrates a lack of spiritual maturity on my part. My family deserves my best.
One of my favorite verses to help me cope is found in Proverbs.
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32
I’ve been spending more time in prayer on my drive home each evening. It’s an attempt to give the stresses of the day over to God. Jesus promises peace for those who honestly seek it.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
No matter what you are struggling with- just give it up. Ask for the help of Jesus and move forward with confidence.
Those that love you the most deserve it.
Please pray for me to be a better husband and dad. And let me know how I may pray for you.
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Thank you for these thoughts. It indeed is a struggle. I have found it interesting that we often tie peace with sitting still but in Psalm 34:14 and quoted by Peter in I Peter 3:11 finding peace is active. We must seek it and I think prayer is where we often find it. God bless.
Isn’t it interesting that God has a solution to all of our problems. How wise is our God.