The Parent Race: Week 2 - Day 1
God, help us to recognize when our hearts are straining after things that are not of you. Let us rest in the beauty you’ve placed around us instead of dwelling in the chaos that often surrounds us. Amen.
Read: 1 John 2:17, NIV
“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
This passage reminds us to keep our hearts and minds set on what is eternal. In regards to parenting, we have an opportunity to instill in our kids a reverence for things that are everlasting and a healthy attitude towards things that are not. Our world, and especially our American culture, places a high value on the economy of production, consumption, and achievement. However, God’s economy lives far outside of these terms (Isaiah 55:8).
One of the concrete ways we can illustrate this to children is to demonstrate to them the value of the sabbath. In the Old Testament, God commanded that the Israelite’s work six days of the week and keep one set aside for rest. Though we are not bound to uphold all Old Testament law, the sabbath is still mentioned as wise practice in the New Testament (Hebrews 4:9-10). God’s gift of sabbath rest helps us step out of this economy of endless production and into the abundance of the kingdom of God - a kingdom where we are worth far more than our worldly achievement. By participating in sabbath as families, we are demonstrating to our children that resting in God’s goodness is a vital part of life. It is a “reset button” for our minds, pulling us out of the endless loop of technology, work, and “things” and submersing us in what is eternal.
This is all well and good as a theory, but actually practicing sabbath as a family in our busy world is challenging. It is also common for many families to have activities on Sunday, beyond church, that would make sabbath practice extra challenging. Pick any day of the week that is light on activities to unplug as a family. Make it a “no screen” day, try to keep housework light, play a couple games together, or get outside and enjoy the spring weather as a family. This all seems simple, but I know for my family it takes real intention to step out of the chaos of life and into purposeful “slowness”. It’s always much easier to glimpse what God has in store for us in eternity when we shut off the noise of “today”. When we do, it is always refreshing.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of rest. As we rest in your perfect love, let us be fortified to expand your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Help us demonstrate the importance of holy rest to our families. Amen.
Family Prayer Activity
Today is the first day of Ramadan, a very holy 30 day holy season for all Muslims around the world. You and your family can pray each day for Muslims to come to know Jesus. This site below will give you more information: https://prayercast.com/love-muslims-landing.html