” But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”’
– Joshua 24:15.
“Think of your family today and every day thereafter, don’t let the busy world of today keep you from showing how much you love and appreciate your family.”
Friday, April 28, 2023
Here is a clarion call to all married couples and parents. You need to rethink and refocus your priority. Nobody grows strong by wishing and hoping, growth comes through deliberate and intentional actions.
The pursuit of financial gain must not be at the expense of our relationships.
The truth is, you must pursue the acquisition of wealth in a manner that respects and favors family life. Here are some questions to ask:
i. How much time do you spend with your spouse and/or children at the weekend?
Recommendation: Anything less than 10 good hours is not good.
ii. How much time do you spend with your family on a weekday? What gets scheduled gets done. Don’t be a weekend-only Father, Mother, or Spouse. You are to be held accountable not the house help!
iii. Do you regularly have meals together as a family? Mealtime offers a good bonding time.
iv. Do you spend more time playing with your children than on your phone over the internet? Do you watch TV with them or without them?
Your screen time is less critical, your bonding time is more important.
v. Does your family pray together
vi. Do you help your children with their homework several times a week or read a book with the family? These give you the opportunity to understand them better
vii. Do you meet with their teachers more than twice a year? Effective learning requires parental involvement, don’t put it off.
viii. Do you talk with your spouse about his/her personal dream and goals on a weekly basis? Reflection Time is called ‘Bonding Time’.
ix. Have you talked to each of your children about the use of TV, Video Games, or the internet? Parental guidance is always advised, to guide the children.
x. Have you talked to your children about their cultural development? What about sexual education talk?
Train up your child in the way he/she should go. You have to talk about everything. Don’t leave them to find out from friends and the internet.
xi. Have you talked to each of your children about their professional future? Prepare them for the future. They are your future!
It’s time to arise and fight for your family. Defend your territory. May you and your family serve the Lord all eternity long. Amen.
LET US PRAY:
Lord God, help me to be intentional with my family and relationship life. Strengthen me to eschew all resentments, offenses, bitterness, hurt, and discord.
May I only think about what brings you to honor in the home. Let your love find expression in and through my life. I want more of You and Your Word in my heart and life.
May my family serve God indeed because I’m here. All these I ask through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.