For many families, chaos is the norm. With schedules pulling everyone in a different direction, something will eventually give. However, family devotions provide two buoys that help modern families navigate their stormy schedules. Those buoys are connection and direction. Without these, family members lose sense of what’s important, which could lead to dysfunction.
To shepherd our homes well, we must guard time spent together in family devotions with fervor. Not doing so may lead to spiritual apathy.
So, how do most families get off track with family devotions? The same way we get off track with anything else. Things get neglected when they aren’t prioritized.
Many families don’t have a weekly rhythm that prioritizes family devotions. Family rhythms (or schedules) are set by priorities, and priorities should be informed by our values. When our values do not drive our priorities, we begin to lose sight of what’s important and dysfunction begins to set in.
So, how can we incorporate family devotions into our weekly rhythm?
- Call a family meeting.
- Collectively determine a day and time to meet for one family devotion.
- If this time is a priority, then it is a priority. Make it so. And parents, lead by example.
- Align your spiritual growth. Select one daily devotional for the family and give each member a personal copy for their daily devotions.
- On the day of your family devotion, engage the daily devotional entry together and allow for time to discuss any of the others that you read that week.
Chances are, if you have not been implementing any family faith discussions outside of formal church events into your family’s rhythm, then a sudden and drastic change will cause some opposition. That’s to be expected, so be gracious. Eventually everyone must sacrifice something to make this time together a priority.
However, if you are serious about change, then you must be both gracious and steadfast. Jesus exhorts us to count the cost in following after Him. Fools set out to build without first making sure they have the means to do it.
Gathering as a family to grow spiritually will take conviction, discipline and patience. Do you have what it takes? With God’s Spirit you do. Work hard to maintain a strong resolve about the importance of bringing faith into your home, and God will bless you for it.