I just watched the movie Freedom Writers. Driven teacher, motivates her class, gets stuff done, at the cost of her relationship. It makes me wonder. How much can one do at the expense of a relationship?
Take some groundbreaking missionaries for example. Doing good, bringing people to Christ, but neglecting their family, unable to build relationships with their kids because of all the time spent doing Gods work.
Or some medical workers. Working all hours of the day, doing charity work. Healing people. Angels of mercy to those they help, but divorced because of the lack of investment in their marriage.
Or… the list can go on.
Where’s the boundary?
If you have to chose between helping a whole classroom of kids, or saving your marriage, what should you do?
If you’re pastoring a whole church, but your kids don’t connect with you, what should you do?
If you can make a hundred lives more bearable by operating on cleft palates in a developing country, but can’t uphold your relationships, what should you do?
Does doing good for many compensate for the sorrow it causes one?