Even my time in the word is very contemplative. I don’t think this is a bad thing but it makes it a bit more complicated to lead my family in the worship, prayer, and scripture reading department. So I have to adjust.
Our plates are perpetually running over with school, shopping, sports, dance, church, date nights, friends, blah, blah, and more blah. We are so busy, in fact, that we never allow ourselves the time to be refilled. Our cup is empty. We need to do a couple things to make this better.
A few of years ago my wife and I decided that our children should stay with us in the “adult” service. Nobody did anything or was rude or hurt anyone, and we aren’t frustrated with “the system.” We just thought it was best for our family. Here are some reasons why:
I’ve never heard a parent of adult children say: “I wish I had been less involved when my kids were growing up.” As I counsel parents after workshops or other ministry I never hear “I think I spent too much time with my kids” or “If only I had given them less of[…]
I have been tired for more than nine years. Haven’t you?
Many parents even let their kids have complete access to pornography at any time they want. They just allow it! Ugh…it’s preposterous. How could a parent let that happen? It’s very likely that this parent is you.
We get personal, we lovingly get in each other’s faces, we work stuff out. While this is one of the things that makes our relationship strong, it’s not enough for our growth as believers in Christ. That’s why, every year, I send my wife to a conference.