Thoughts from Ed Miller
What are the greatest challenges facing the family today? I’m going address these issues over the next 10 or so weeks. I’d love to hear from you about the challenges you and those in your circles are facing.
Almost everyone would agree that time and schedule issues top the list. One of the most common responses people give when asked to serve or attend an event is this, “I’m really busy right now.” And that is a true statement. Everyone in our society today is feeling overwhelmed with the various tasks and demands of life. It’s true. We are very busy!
This is even more true for parents today. We have family commitments, sports or other activities for our children, school meetings and homework for the kids, church worship and other meetings, and the list goes on and on. I’m getting tired just thinking about this list! When asked to take on something new, we have a hard time imagining how we can fit it in.
What do we do about this? It’s a reality of our lives today, but is there a way that the Lord would have us respond instead of just going with the flow? Many years ago I heard it said that one of Satan’s favorite strategies to get Christian off track is to fill our lives with good things. That way we don’t have time for the “best” things. I think that's right on. Most of the things that fill our lives are good. But are we doing the best things as well?
Last week I wrote about being a missional family. This is one of those “best” things that needs to be a priority in our lives and our schedules. We must make time for our family to grow in this way. It may mean that we say no to some of those good things.
Good friends of ours have 2 teenage sons and they have had to make some hard decisions at the start of this new year. They are very committed to being a missional family and their younger son is preparing for college and looking at schools. He also loves to play basketball and baseball. They’ve decided to say no to one sport (baseball) in order to have time for the other things. I respect this decision. It just happens that I’ve been the coach of his Homeschool Varsity Baseball team and he’s one of our ace pitchers. I know the team will miss him this spring. I have great respect for the decision that they've made.
What are some priorities that you've chosen in your family that have allowed you to say no to other options? I’d love to hear your thoughts.