When Work and Family Collide
I was on the phone the other day with a representative from the Building Champions Organization. As we spoke I asked a simple question, how do you get business professionals to respond to the need for a Life Plan? As I have introduced this concept to the people I serve as leader the response has been the same. The task of life planning has seemed intimidating.
Oh the joy, of reading a book that answers this question with as much clarity and conviction as Andy Stanley can deliver. According to Andy’s thesis – the problem is that there is not enough time in our days for everything. We must choose what we cheat on.
This book is radical. It forces us to look at time in our life as a limited resource. Most of us never even consider that until the end of our life is at hand. Then most of the time it’s too late to fully redeem.
At it’s best this book is challenging and convincing. Andy is a natural communicator who has the ability to weave humor and common sense together in a powerful strand of truth. He is a preacher who is not preachy yet clearly articulates his convictions and desires to honor the family. I love that Andy stands out as a leader who puts family first. If he is going to cheat he counts the cost. That I believe is the essence of his message.
However, as much as I was overjoyed by his approach I found that the book seemed a bit unfinished. It was a very two-dimensional approach in a three-dimensional world. Believe it or not the only forces vying for our time is not just work and family. As a man of God I would have expected him to take on the challenging question of duty to the local church. It’s one thing when the local church is your vocation it’s another when you must wrestle with the hard task of choosing to cheat when your heart desires to serve God and others as well as your family.
Any advice there Andy? Is it OK to cheat on church and work to honor family? Or should we cheat on family and work to honor church? What about cheating on work to honor family and church? I think that it’s a discussion that as a body of believers is long overdue.
When Work and Family Collide was a brilliant start to the real conversation I think we should have. Andy is a great writer to engage with. I only wish he would have finished this book and lead the way in what will be a life-giving conversation to be sure.