UNCOMMEN: Being Better Husbands And Fathers Daily

Day 3 of 6 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Day 3 - Lunch Check-In

Today it seems everyone is working more, with longer hours and more stress. With email communication, endless virtual calendar invitations, and events to attend, the workday schedule becomes noisy and crowded with a lack of intentionality. This can also pose a lot of challenges for marriages where both spouses are working and pulled in a lot of directions. But God has a different plan for our day and desires us to walk in communion with both him and our spouse throughout the day, even if we are apart.

My wife and I started what we call “The Lunch Check-In.”  We are both driven and hard workers and it’s easy for both of us to get pulled into the workday without connecting. The lunch check-in is either a text or phone call where we share what happened that morning or what's coming up that afternoon for work. Even better, we sometimes eat lunch together on the phone and have “a lunch date.”

While I wouldn’t say this is something we have time for every day, we’ve both noticed that during a stressful day, it's nice to jump out of the office for a few moments and connect with each other or talk about something challenging going on in the office.  I’m so thankful for my wife and how we are able to share that time together. How do you best connect with your spouse during the day when you are busy? Is God calling you to make sure your spouse knows they are more important than your work?

Lunch Challenge: Find a way to meaningfully connect with your spouse at lunch today. It may be a text, a phone call, or even an in-person lunch date. We make time for important clients. Maybe we should make time for our family during the workday.

Bible References:

Romans 1:11-12 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.

Psalm 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.