By Chaplain (Capt.) Jeremy Dunn
Special to GUIDON
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
— Matthew 6:19-21
Mike Gundy makes $5 million a year as the coach of the Oklahoma State football team.
He is well compensated because he is dedicated to his job and the team has had success.
But last Friday, with his team in Morgantown, West Virginia, to prepare for their game against the Mountaineers, Gundy was on the sidelines watching his son play quarterback in a high school semifinal game.
Gundy has missed games and his son understands the nature of having a dad with responsibilities that sometimes result in absences, but when a choice was possible, he chose to be with his family.
We ask a lot of our families. We move them around. We often miss important moments. There are times when the mission dictates our presence, and we all sacrifice.
But what we do when we have a choice speaks volumes about what matters to us most.
For most of us, our time is the most valuable commodity we possess. In the scripture reference above, Jesus encourages his listeners to carefully consider what or who they treasure.
By choosing his family, Gundy sent a message about what matters most to him. Perhaps even more importantly, he set an example.
Gundy isn’t the only OSU coach with a son on the team. By waiting until after the high school game on Friday to fly to West Virginia, Gundy also allowed one of his assistant coaches to see his own son play.
Senior leaders set a standard. Your subordinates will follow your lead. Your choices have a ripple effect.
The time we have with our children is limited, and it goes by much faster than you imagine. As we move into this season of Christmas, I would encourage you to think about what matters most to you.
When you have the choice, choose wisely to invest in those you love.
Gracious Father, we confess that we struggle with competing priorities and loyalties.
Let us always choose the eternal over the temporary and the welfare of others over our own.
We give thanks for the blessing of family and ask for strength to love you with our entire being and others as we love ourselves.
(Editor’s note: Dunn is the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment chaplain.)