How Are You Building?

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Slide1The renovations we thought would take just three months have now extended to seven, and we are not even done yet. Also the budget that we originally set had to be adjusted so many times to accommodate the things that we wanted. I think we would have done things differently if we were renovating a rented place.. we wouldn’t have spent so much time and money on it. But this is our very own… not a mansion, but still, it’s something we can call our own. Whenever we are tempted to take shortcuts or to choose something cheaper but of less quality to lower costs, we stop for a moment and think “What kind of house do we want? Will this house still stand after 25 years? Will it be good enough to pass on to our children? ” I don’t want to make choices now that I will only regret later on.

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It’s been almost 20 years since Paolo and I started building… not a house, nor a career or a business… but a family. Years of laying blocks for our marriage and building foundation in our children’s lives. It’s a lot of hard work and sacrifice. We’ve had our share of successess and failures. Many tough choices had to be made, and have yet to be made, because we know we are building for the long haul. One of my choices was to give up a career to be a stay-at-home mom but I have no regrets. Building takes time and I wanted the best of my time to be with my kids. Many choices have been made, big and small, like choosing between upgrading our car or going on a family trip, or attending someone’s birthday party or staying home with the baby. All decisions are filtered according to what will be best for the family. I want to build right. I want to build strong. I want my family to stand the test of time. I need the help of the Master Builder…

God has given us our spouses. He gave us our children. They are ours to take care of, to nurture, to protect. We need to be good stewards of the families that God has given us. We can build our business or career or ministry successfully, but it should never be at the expense of the family. I do pray that when I am in my latter years and when I look back to the family that I have built, I will not have any regrets, knowing that I have given them the best I could.

Prov 14: 1 A wise woman builds her home…

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