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Putting Your Family First
Theme of the Week: Family: Don't Skip the Fun!
Sunday, December 8, 2013

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Who Said It … Gregory W. Slayton

Gregory W. Slayton is an adjunct professor of business administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a distinguished visiting professor of leadership at UIBE Business School in Beijing. He is also managing director of Slayton Capital. Having traveled the world studying fathers and fatherhood on five continents, he is the author of Be a Better Dad Today! Gregory lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and four children.

What he Said … Putting Your Family First

Fatherhood can be a lot of work, but it should also be a lot of fun. After all, you're on the journey of a lifetime with the people you most love in the whole world. Having fun with your family every day doesn't take lots of money or hours of free time. It just takes a willingness to enjoy the simple pleasures of life together and to celebrate the big things together as well. It also takes a conscious decision to put your family first each and every day.

Make no mistake, each of us decides what to put first in our lives. Some of us choose work, some of us choose worry, and some of us choose a hobby or our buddies, or a combination thereof. But by deciding to put our family first, we not only enjoy today more but also build a stronger future for our family. That's because the good times we enjoy today create great memories for the future—memories that are like an invisible glue that binds a strong family together.

Key Study Passage: Psalm 127

Adapted from Be a Better Dad Today! by Gregory W. Slayton (Regal, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, please help me to create fun and lasting memories with my family. Give me the grace daily to love them well.

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