Family first with Chris Tomlin
By: Keith Stevens
I try to live by the motto: God, Family, Work. Since I love what I do for work so much, I can find myself struggling to balance work and family. It is no easy task. I need to spend time just “being together” with my wife and kids.
Chris Tomlin visited with me this week. We spoke eye to eye in the studio about the challenges of prioritizing life. It was a great reminder for me, and it help me see that I can get a little grouchy when I don’t make time for the important people in my life. God brought this scripture to mind as a challenge for me. Perhaps it will encourage you to take a break, slow down, and re-prioritize life. 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3. “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
Without God’s love overflowing from me onto the people He has placed in my life, I am nothing.
And that’s the most important thing to me is my family, I’m always thinking about it like, okay, you know I don’t want to get out here and do all this and have all this influence and have all this whatever and success, or what you call success, and lose my family. It’s important that I always keep that as the main priority for me. I have an amazing wife, Lauren, who has an incredible sense of what we’re doing, and when I say we, she really feels that we do this together because she knows she’s a part of it when I’m gone, and so I’m very grateful and very blessed.
So correct brother, so correct. And I feel that way and I have the same thoughts in radio. It can be so crazy busy, you have events and things to go to. What good is all that and not have it right in your own back yard?
And I always have to refocus back on that and it’s challenging at times. That is so true when you are in ministry.