Apr 25, 2013

Finding Time for Faith in the Family

I just don’t have time to do it all. Between the job and work around the house our time is full. Once our boys are in bed I plop down exhausted. We spend a bit of time reading through the Jesus Story Book Bible,which we really enjoy, and we have done Bible studies together which has been a really rich time. But I don’t feel like there is enough time in the day. Am I training my children up in the way they should go? Are the little bits here and there going to be adequate?
I was wrestling with this one day on my way home from work. Driving along I saw a friend of mine in his driveway so I swerved to the side of the road. He was filling in cracks in his driveway with his four year old son. As I walked up I heard him finish telling his son, “just like the cracks in the driveway, we have cracks in our lives called sin.” He went on to tell his son about Christ’s redemption and how it patches the cracks in our lives. 
It was so beautiful to watch this father integrate his faith into the every day. I was reminded of the verse:  

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 
Deuteronomy 6:5-7

I figured I'd better share a picture of the boys
helping out in the yard.
The more time I spend in the Word, the more I can see this happen. Instead of forcing an hour here or there to teach my children, I can integrate His Word into life. Instead of trying to find time for faith in the family, it comes more naturally. Instead of an hour here or there, God demands all of our time.

The boys and I have been planting fruit trees and running irrigation lines in our yard and it has been the perfect opportunity to have conversations about God’s word. 
Jesus shared the same types of stories. Instead of a lecture, he related his teaching to daily life. It was such a blessing to realize that I was just trying too hard. Instead of carving out more time, God’s design is better. 
The Challenge:
Look for one chance this week to tie your work with your children at the home or in the yard into a message from the Bible.  
Take the time to share how this experience went with your spouse or a friend.
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