DINNER AT THE TABLE
Blessed are they who keep His statutes and seek him with all their heart.
Teresa and Mark are typical of many families today. Both have demanding jobs, their kids are active in Karate, Awana and music lessons, not to mention school each day and the homework that goes along with it. Sundays are just as busy with church and other activities most of the day. It’s not surprising that Teresa finds it hard to find any extra time. What bothers her most is that what should be top priority, time with her family members, there’s hardly any time for. Most days they spend eating dinner at the counter or grab fast food on the way to still another commitment.
Someone told Teresa, “If you see a family who has it all together, ask them what they do and copy it.” Teresa admired Hal and Claudia Baker. Something happened last week that had made her sit up and take notice. Her son Grant had spent the night with their son Randy. Grant came home raving how Mr. Baker had prayed for each one of them at dinner and then they had played something called The Alphabet Game. “Yeah Mom, it was really fun. We began with ‘A’ and went around the table thinking up names from the Bible. Did you know there’s a man named Festus in the Bible? He was a Roman governor,” he finished proudly.
Teresa called Claudia and shared her struggle. Claudia agreed, “Teresa, there’s so much in our lives that diverts us from our priorities, more now than ever before. Our kids are stressed and it will take its toll. It’s become epidemic. I heard on the news last night that there is a new movement called slow parenting. Hard to believe, but yes, there are classes on how to slow family life down.
I’ll agree, it does take a plan. We all want to teach our kids to fear God and love and revere His word. In our fast-paced world, that could end up at the bottom of our list. Our alphabet game is just the beginning. It has led to some interesting discussions about Bible characters. Some nights Hal will read an exciting story, another night one of our kids will say the prayer. We all participate and there is no negotiating. Everyone knows we will have dinner at the table as often as possible.”
Competition for our time is fierce. Whether it is
a Bible game at dinner, reading Scripture and a prayer at
breakfast or a story and praise song at bedtime, make
devotion and worship a way of life. Resources for creativity
line our bookstore shelves and are just a click away online.
Make it fun and interesting. Your kids will find themselves
in an optimum learning environment.
Father, may I be creative, personal and consistent. I
want my children to know how much they are loved by me
and by You. May our family generate an atmosphere
that will encourage them to seek You in all things.
Changing You, Little by Little.