While I cannot confirm the validity of this story, I still believe it is truly something we can all learn from. This is supposedly taken from a Daily Turning Point Devotion from David Jeremiah:
“A man came home late from work to find his 5-year-old son waiting for him at the door. The first thing out of the child’s mouth was, “Daddy, how much money do you make in an hour?” “If you must know, I make $50 an hour” said the man. “Well, can I borrow $25?” the boy asked. “For what?” replied the man. Without saying a word, the little boy went to his room, removed some crumpled money from under his bed and added it to the money his dad gave him. He came back and said, “Daddy, now I have $50. Can I buy an hour of your time?”
Sometimes, balancing the responsibilities of providing for our children and making time to invest in their lives can become overwhelming. Being a godly father is a huge responsibility. But it is also one of life’s greatest joys. As we raise our children in the love of the Lord, may we not become discouraged as the pressures mount; rather, let us look to our own Heavenly Father for the strength, love, courage, and discipline needed to carry out this high calling.”
Although my father spent a lot of time with me, there were still times in my life that I was in the shoes of the child and wanted more of his time.
Now, however, I am impacted by this story not only as a Father, but also as a child of God. You see, I wonder how many times our Heavenly Father has asked for an hour of our time, but we have not given it.
Many people give God an hour of their time…but only on a weekly basis. They come to church and “check the box.” But God doesn’t just want us to check a box and give Him only an hour a week. God wants more than that.
He is more than an earthly Father; He has provided for our entire life, but more so – our future eternity. Yet we fail to give back to him what He deserves. Daily Devotions do not have to take a full hour of your time. Just a few minutes with God, reading your Bible, and praying sincerely helps to start your day so that you can rejoice in the blessings He gives you on a daily basis.
If God was paid hourly, I couldn’t imagine His salary. Yet, He still gives us His time when we ask Him for it. Stop today, right now, take time for God. Let this be the beginning of a daily habit of spending time with your Father.