“Son, there are times a man has to do things he doesn’t like to, in order to protect his family.”
― Ralph Moody
Being a father is often a difficult job that requires you to leave comfort and convenience behind. It requires you to take responsibility for others, which means putting their needs first.
I remember during my last year of college that I found myself in a grueling situation. I was studying to be a high school German teacher and had a half school year of student teaching to do. I taught all day at school, had a few hours at home to both see my family and sleep and then I started work at midnight until eight a.m. at a call center job helping European clients. We had our first son at home who was still very young and would wake up often during the middle of the night while I was at work. I spent many breaks and ‘lunch’ hours at work talking to my wife who had been up with the little guy.
Fortunately, this insane schedule did not last, and I eventually settled back in to a more normal routine. It was, however, at the time, the only thing that allowed me to provide for my family and fulfill my educational obligations at the same time. Looking back, I am glad that I muscled through the tough time, as it was the foundation of a better future for my family.
Question: What sacrifices do I need to make to protect my family?