family mealMaryland has a ninety-day session every year. Even in that amount of time, the challenge of keeping the priority of family in balance with the tremendous workload of the busy session can be daunting. On the other hand, there are some over the years who have intentionally chosen to neglect family responsibilities in order to pour themselves completely into their political aspirations (a reminder to pray for elected leaders to have the right priorities in their personal lives). This Baltimore Sun article sheds some light on the dilemma legislators face and how some are coming up with creative ways to meet the demands of marriage and parenthood while serving their constituents.

How should we look at this challenge? 1) Be thankful for those leaders who think this issue through and take seriously their first responsibility of caring for their family first; 2) Pray for those leaders who let family fall by the wayside while pursuing political advancement and 3) Be mindful of other states in which the legislative session is longer than Maryland’s (some are even year-round) or the geographical size is larger (allowing for less chance to return home).

All the many needs of a family must come first. Only with strong families can a society be healthy. That goes for governmental leaders, too.

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.  1 Timothy 5:8