You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deut.6:7)
No doubt you have heard the old adage that “time equals money.” This is generally applied to the realm of business, indicating that time is valuable so long as work is being accomplished in that time-frame. When workers are idle, money cannot be made, and a business cannot prosper. Those who are slothful in business cannot succeed (Prov.18:9; Rom.12:11), and they serve as poor examples of faithful servants of the Lord (2 Thess.3:10). Certainly this adage has its place in the business world, but should it be applied to other realms of human existence? Sadly, some parents have the idea that time equals money, or rather that money equals time when it comes to the rearing of children. Parents are constantly pressured by the world to conform to its ways (Rom.12:1-2). Many have foolishly fallen prey to materialism, and are feverishly attempting to “keep up with the Joneses,” buying everything their hearts desire and everything they believe their children “need” to be accepted by their peers. As a result, many parents have to work far too many hours in order to feed their materialistic appetites. Children are robbed of time with their parents that they desperately need and want (see Deut.6:1-7). Many parents feel a tinge of guilt for this lack of time, and so in an attempt to make up for this dearth of time spent with their children, they lavish them with gifts and other trinkets. Whether they realize it or not, parents who act in such a way are essentially bribing their children to forgive them for a lack of time spent with them. Children do not spell love M-O-N-E-Y; they spell it T-I-M-E. Parents, do not fool yourself into thinking that quality is better than quantity when it comes to spending time with your children. I know of few parents who regretted that they did not spend more money on their children, but I have met many who regretted not spending more time with them! Money does not equal time with your children!
“Father, thank you for blessing our lives with children. Help us to guide them in your way. Help us to take advantage of the short amount of time that we have with them. Help us to realize that to a child nothing is more valuable than our time. May we use what time we have for their benefit and for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”