Our Time is Short
Ahh, the lazy days of summer...
are pretty much gone when you have kids!!!
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the summer months. No school alarms set for the morning. No homework to do at the end of the day. Warm sunshine. Sunkist faces. Endless amounts of family time.
But don’t let these adorable faces fool you. Occasionally, all that togetherness, can get the best of even the most loving family.
In fact, I told my kids yesterday that all I wanted for Father’s Day was for them to get along. No arguing, tattle telling... just love. Unfortunately, I’m not a father.
As I began reading my Bible this morning, the story in Luke 22:24-30 reminded me so much of the family unit. It’s the last supper that Jesus will have with His disciples, and a dispute breaks out among them over who should be considered the greatest.
Sound like any dinner tables you’ve been at recently? It does mine!
Jesus responds just like any parent would. No He doesn’t yell. He uses the argument to teach them a lesson about what it actually means to be the greatest. He tells them the one who is the greatest is the one who serves the others.
BUT, don’t miss this part, He doesn’t stop there. Jesus supports His teaching, by SHOWING the disciples exactly what He means. He washes their feet. A task that in those days was considered to be one done by the lowest of servants. Jesus didn’t care. Teaching His disciples was more important. In fact, it made His point even stronger. He knew their time together was running out and He used every last bit of it to show them what they should do.
So what’s our lesson here? Am I saying wash your kids feet? Not exactly. What this said to me this morning was, don’t give up. Don’t get discouraged. Yes you still have a month and a half before school starts again. But, use this time to teach your kids. Instill in them the values you most want them to exhibit when they go back to school. The character that, someday, when they aren’t in your home anymore, you want them to shine.
But don’t stop there. You can’t just tell them to;
be nice, serve each other, help those who need it, stickup for the little guy...
Follow Jesus example, and SHOW them how to do these things.
There are going to be many days between now and the start of the new school year that you might want to pull your hair out. You may scream from the inside for some alone time. And you might even loose your cool.
But, remembering that this time is so precious, because they won’t be with you forever. And making a plan for how to best use it for your kids good and God’s glory, will set your heart and your mind on the right track. Instead of letting each day slip by, unplanned and chaotic, pray about one or two important lessons God would have you work on this summer.
We would love to hear what you come up with! What character traits or spiritual disciplines do you want to work on instilling in your family this summer?