Family Challenge: Reset. It is the beginning of 2016. We have a new year before us. It is enjoyable to me to have a slow start to the new year, taking time to look anew at schedules, personal disciplines, and order of life. If you haven’t taken time to reassess the order of your life, do that this week. Are your values being given time to develop or exist? Are your children receiving from you the words about our God – “along the way”? Evaluate and if need be – reset. In one of our “resets”, we began memorizing God’s Word as a family. Another reset, I began an exercise schedule that has stayed with me for a long time (it is one of my resets again this year). I could tell you many values that got reset in the window of a new year. I saw a quote on my son’s bedside table. It read, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
I want to encourage you to continue reaching for the patterns of living that you know will honor our God, strengthen your in inner being, your marriage, your children, and the people around you. Reset.
God’s presence brings such steadiness to us who flounder. A few scriptures come to mind:
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11 (NLT)
“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NLT)
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9(NLT)
May our heavenly Father continue to shepherd us – shaping us and bringing His presence into seeable values instead of our culture. God in us.