“The family should be a closely knit group. The home should be a self-contained shelter of security; a kind of school where life’s basic lessons are taught; and a kind of church where God is honored; a place where wholesome recreation and simple pleasures are enjoyed.”~ Billy Graham
My high school basketball team was a closely knit group. I went to school at Stone Mountain high school right outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Stone Mountain is the world’s largest all granite mountain. Our school’s sports slogan was “Do Not Take Stone Mountain for Granted.” It may sound corny to you but I still love the sound of that slogan.
Our team was coached by a basketball legend in the state of Georgia by the name of E.L. Rainey. Coach Rainey taught us the game of basketball but he taught us far more about the importance of caring for each other and learning to be good men. Coach took a lot of time after practice and outside of basketball to teach us how to be good men.
If we are going to build a Godly home, we must invest a lot of time personally into the spiritual development of our families. The practice that I am referring to here is spending time together as a family talking about God and His Word and how we are to live our lives in light of who God is and what He says in His Word. The practice of family devotion I am referring to here is what happens away from church when you spend time as a family.
Now, the practice of having family devotions can take a lot of different forms. It can be a formal sit down Bible study or can be done as a part of everyday conversation at the dinner table, riding in the car, or conversation in the living room. You see a lot of times the formal sit down may not work for your family. What is important is that we teach and talk to our children about God and who He is daily. Our children need to hear of how God has worked in our lives and how much we love God. I love Psalm 78:4 and have used that verse as my guidepost in how I have talked to my kids over the years about God.
Psalm 78:4 “We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.”
Just like that verse says, I am not keeping anything from kids when it comes to God. I want them to know how God has personally changed my life and I also want them to know of the experiences in my everyday life where God has shown Himself so strong. This verse also encourages me daily to use the situations and circumstances of life to teach God’s truths to my kids.
Karen and I have more modeled the idea of family devotions around everyday conversation and not the formal sit down as that has worked best for us. That is the model that my parents used when I was growing up. They cunningly used the time we spent together as a family to practice the truth of Psalm 78:4.
What is your practice of drawing your family together in devotion? I pray that you will begin to redeem the time you have with your children to teach them the truths of God.