Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. (Prov 12:25)
The weight of anxiety can affect life at home. This weight comes to settle on big and little shoulders for a variety of reasons: an upcoming test at school, problems on the playground, a job-performance review, an impending business trip, an unpleasant confrontation, sickness, financial strain—these weights are real and carrying them can be difficult.
When our hearts are weighed down, it’s easy to “take it out” on the people we love the most. Throughout the day, at school or at work, we may do a pretty good job of balancing the weight and keeping our spirits under control… until we get home. Then, we find it all too easy to be grumpy, mean, and hurtful with our families.
Anxiety in a man’s heart may weigh him down, but “a good work makes him glad.”
- Dads: it was a long day. What about deliberately reflecting on “a good word” before you open the front door?
- Moms: it was a long day. What about intentionally taking a moment to pray for patience before the chaos of the evening has the opportunity to hit critical mass?
- Teenagers: it was a long day. What about carefully checking your attitude before your interaction with Mom and Dad takes a negative turn?
- Kids: it was a long day. What about looking for little ways you could help out and pick up after yourself before things get crazy around the house?