There are a lot of moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas who not only say these words, but their lives are a testimony to them. Families encouraging their kids to do as much as possible. Schedules are filled, sometimes to the detriment of spiritual growth and spousal unity. But placing a priority on our kids can become an idol in our lives, just like anything else, when we allow our family to replace Christ as our soul source for strength and hope. Jesus said, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even their own life – such a person can’t be my disciple.” Jesus is clear. HE is the center. That doesn’t mean ignore our family. It means prioritize.

Suggested Reading: Luke 14:26-27