about you but it seems that I just continue to run and run
Deuteronomy 6 tells us that we are to be the spiritual leaders of our homes. How do we do this when we’re too tired to sneeze each day, let alone work on spiritual disciplines? With the breakneck speed at which we run, we are chipping away at the very foundation upon which our families should be built.
We all want the very best for our kids. We want them to excel in whatever they do. We want them to try different things so they can discover their passions. We want to allow them to be a part of something greater than they are. The problem is that often we want so much for our kids, it leaves no time for us to do the very thing we’ve been called to do. (side note: I noticed when proofing the use of “we want” perhaps that’s part of the problem. If our hearts were truly attuned to what God wants we’d be living well.)
At times I’ve allowed myself to fall into this trap too. The faster you run, the better parent you are, right? The busier you are, the more Facebook status’s you can post about just how much you’re running and people will think you’re super parent?!
As I think about the times in which God has spoken or redirected me in life, I am left realizing that it’s usually been in the quiet moments that I am left changed. Am I creating opportunity for my kids to experience the same? Am I running them around to so many various activities that I’m not allowing God to speak into the quiet moments because there are none? The faster I run, the noisier our environment becomes.
I’ve got to stop. My family deserves those quiet moments.
Family discipleship time needs to be a priority above all else. Why does it seem that our family devotions are the first thing to fall by the wayside the busier we become? I’ve realized lately that spending time nurturing the spiritual lives of my kids is not an option. It has got to become PRIORITY. If I want my kids to grow in their faith and be strong when they leave my nest, I’ve got to allow these moments of growth in my home.
When they leave home, they may never play for the WNBA, release CD’s, or participate in Olympics at gymnastics, but they will, more than likely be moms, wives, and strong, Christian women who make a difference in the lives of those around them because of their faith.
What do you do you make the spiritual development of your family a
priority in this fast-paced world?