2018 New Year's Messages From 7 Christian Leaders

6. James Dobson, founder of Family Talk

In this file photo, James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, speaks as his wife Shirley looks on during a "Yes on 8" anti-gay marriage prayer event held at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Nov. 1, 2008. |

Successful family life is difficult to achieve. It is never perfect and is often problematic. You have your own set of challenges as you seek to meet the needs of your children. The last thing I want to do is add to your pressures or sense of frustration. Nevertheless, if there is any way you can give priority to your children amid those limitations, even if it requires serious sacrifice, you will not regret giving it to them. 

This might mean staying married when your impulse is to divorce. It could cause you to make choices that will handicap you professionally. It might mean financial hardship for the family because Mom is staying at home with her children. It might mean giving up your four-hour golf outing every Saturday. What I am saying is that from where I sit today, children are worth everything they cost us. 

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