It has gotten to the point that a family can’t seem to live on one income, requiring both parents to work outside the home. That has seemed to happen in my generation. When I was young Mama stayed home with us until we got to the age of almost going to school. She was a substitute teacher and if she was called in to work I spent the day with my grandmother. But still Mama’s focus was at home raising the boys. We tried to do that as well; Robin worked, but then started her own business mainly working from home which gave her the flexibility to work when she needed to but be with the girls when she wanted to. Now, it seems that the generation after us requires both parents to work.
Here are two verses from the Bible; see if you can guess who wrote them:
“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”
If you guessed Solomon, a gold star for you. These verses are from Proverbs 23: 4-5 and what I find interesting about them is that Solomon was the richest man in the world. After Solomon became king, God appeared to him in a dream and said, “Ask for whatever you want Me to give you.” Solomon asked for a discerning heart to rule God’s people. God answers, “Since you have asked for this and not for a long life or wealth for yourself nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for- both riches and honor- so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.” 1 kings 3: 1-15
The man God selected to get a “double portion” of wisdom and who was the richest man in the world said “Don’t wear yourself out to get rich.” That’s probably worth incorporating into our lifestyle.