Ecclesiastes 4:4-6 Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless--like chasing the wind. "Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin." And yet, "Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind."
So often we are motivated by our need to "Keep up with the Jones'" when our motivation needs to be the needs of our family. We often look over emotional needs because we are trying to give our children what "everybody else has." We are always chasing "happiness" when happiness comes when we slow down and give each other love. When we give each other time. When we give each other ourselves. We are so much more able to do that when we give ourselves to God, so that He can take care of us while we take care of each other.