I’m thankful for this story I encountered in my reading today about the late Howard Hendricks, long-time professor at Dallas Theological Seminary:
Someone years ago called him up and said, “Dr. Hendricks, we’re having a Bible conference, and we want you to be our speaker. Can you come?” After he said no, the conference planner said, “This is a crucial event for our whole community. Why can’t you come? Do you have another appointment? Hendricks said, “No, I’ve got to play with my kids.” “You’ve got to play with your kids?” questioned the incredulous planner. “Don’t you realize that our people need your instruction?” “Yes”, Hendricks answered, “but my kids also need me” (taken from The Master’s Plan for the Church by John MacArthur).
Somehow I think Dr. Hendricks knew that managing his household well (1 Timothy 3:4), meant more than just being faithful to discipline.