With apologies to Michael McLean, I wonder sometimes if I am giving the least to those who matter most in my life. How about you?
In my ward conference last Sunday the stake president taught a combined group of Elders and High Priests during Priesthood meeting. In the course of his lesson, he mentioned several teary interviews with several sisters in our stake who complained about their husbands spending a great deal of time away from the family.
He described how the sisters said that their husbands would come home from work, *grunt*, ask for or demand dinner and then retreat to play sports with friends, video games in their locked offices, or leaving the home to fulfill Church callings after dinner is done. As you can imagine, their was probably a lot of soul searching during and after that lesson. And, hopefully, a resolve from many to do better.
For my wife and I, we both recognize the need to spend time with our own friends and spend time away from our children, without a negative impact to the family. That balance can be difficult to achieve, but we do try.
What suggestions do you have for these sisters and their families? How can husbands and wives spend more time with the family and still allow time for personal time, Church callings and other activities that take husbands and wives away from their families? I’d love to hear from you.