June is a great month for Father’s Day and summer vacations. Fathers often consider themselves most valuable in the workplace. Often the roles we consider most important are as provider and protector. We often become too absorbed in doing good things outside the home, and forget that our role as father and spouse are even more important than our role as leader in business or the community, or even the faith community.
Moses, like so many of us, learned this lesson the hard way. He was so busy his wife took their children and went to stay for a time in her parent’s home. Later, Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, offered Moses wise counsel: “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you” (Exodus 18:17ff NIV). Jethro goes on to offer Moses excellent wisdom on delegating and sharing his workload.
An even more important lesson than the importance of delegating and teamwork is the priority of being a good father and family man.
I encourage each of us in the summer months, not only to find time to rest and relax, but also find a season to spend quality time with family whether at home or on the road taking your favorite family vacation.
I am taking my daughter on a vacation out west visiting some of the great national parks our country has to offer. We have been planning the trip for months and she has had considerable say in our itinerary. We plan to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and enjoy spending time with each other.
I hope you will have a great summer vacation as well. Blessings --Dr. TJ
Dr TJ Jenney, PhD
Dr. T. J. Jenney, Ph.D. is a seasoned pastor and leader who has served churches as well as served as a campus minister and chaplain for police and fire departments as well as the Air Force Auxiliary. Dr. Jenney also served as a faculty member at Purdue University, serving as an adjunct professor in Organizational Leadership. His experience includes serving as a president and CEO of non-profit organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Higher Education Administration from Purdue and an M.Div and an S.T.M. from Yale University. He served as a contributing editor of William B. Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (1989) and Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000), as well as written articles for journals.