Cultivating Healthy Families: Helping parents navigate busy lives
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Introduction: Busyness—for many families it’s a goal, like some sort of badge their wear proudly. How can children’s ministers equip parents to deal with busyness and to build God-centered families in a busyness-obsessed culture?
In today’s world, some families try to “out-busy” other families.
- This urge to feel significant isn’t necessarily unchristian, but the problem comes when we try to gain significance from the approval of other people.
- “Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates
Church leaders can help families navigate busyness.
- Help parents say, “This is who I am! This is God’s plan for our family!” And to pursue these things passionately!
- This looks different for every family.
Children’s ministers can guide families to the truth of busyness.
- Teach people to keep God first in everything.
- Teach parents to protect their marriage.
- Teach families to pray!
- Teach parents how to set priorities.
These principles are for children’s ministers, too.
- Take a look inside your heart. Look at your calendar. How busy are you?
- “If the devil can’t make you bad, he will make you busy.” – Corrie ten Boom
- Document what you do for five days, using hourly increments. This will answer the question: what are my priorities?
- What kind of activities create busyness for the families in your ministry?
- In what ways can you begin to teach families the truth about busyness?
- In what ways can you model a godly busyness in your life at church and at home?
- Visit www.CTAinc.com for Calming Your Chaos.