Summary: 5 Ways to add strength to your family.
Compare Today’s TV Families (Kardashian's, Desperate Housewives, Family Guy,etc. vs. the Huckstables, Walton’s, Brady Bunch, etc.
It’s so common today to see families breaking apart instead of coming together, growing stronger, making a difference, living God's way. Thankfully, the Bible offers help and guidance to make any family stronger.
This morning, let’s discover five practices – YOU CAN DO - that will add strength to your family.
1. Spend Time with them Regularly
There are two things that last forever – the Word of God and people. In all my years growing up I’ve never heard anyone say on their death bed, “I wish I would have spent more time in the office. I wish I could have worked more overtime hours.” However, you do hear people say, “I love my family and wish I would have told them I loved them more.” Ephesians 5:16 says, “…redeem the time, because the days are evil.” Each of us only has a certain amount of time God gives us on this earth. Investing time in those closest to you is certainly one way to make the most of that precious time.
It’s hard to believe this July, that Amy and I will be married 9 years. Over that time, I’ve learned one thing that delights Amy most is when I simply take time to be with her. One of her favorite things to do is watch a Lifetime movie at least once a week. When she finds one she likes and says, “David, this is going to be a good one!” now I know that means, “Get off the internet, quit working on your sermon, it would mean so much if you watch this with me.”
A.W. Tozer wrote: “Time is a resource that is nonrenewable and nontransferable. You cannot store it, slow it up, hold it up, divide it up or give it up. You can’t hoard it up or save it for a rainy day–when it’s lost it’s unrecoverable. When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.”
God has a purpose for your time on this earth. How sad it is to see people wasting their lives pursuing dreams that have nothing to do with God, family, touching others for the Lord, etc. Instead, squandering time by spending hours on TV, just laying around, not really seeing that your life can significantly strengthen others. How we need God’s wisdom to spend our time with family wisely. Moses prayed, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart for wisdom (Psalm 90:12).” Have you prayed and asked God for wisdom to live each day with eternity in mind?
You add strength to your family when you spend time together with them.
Mom and dad had a rule that we all ate dinner together growing up. They made it their goal to be at all our games if at all possible. Many nights, they would turn the TV off and just talk to Andria and I about life, problems we were facing, asking us what we’d like to do with our lives, etc. They prayed over us continually. These are some things they did to show we mattered.