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.
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?
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.
No matter what topic we are talking about: faith, prophecy, politics, social justice, sports, or geek fandom (one of my favorites) there are things I am just not authorized or qualified to speak to. I can’t tell you every single thing about the bible, for example, and the way it should be interpreted.
It’s amazing what the “American Dream” has become. More stuff, less time, more stress, less priority, more work, less play, more debt, and less freedom. It’s tragic to think that in a country where we can be whatever we chose to be we are bound by what everyone else says we should be. Not our family. Not anymore!