Often people will wonder what God's will for their life is. Paul told us in 1 Thess. 4:11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you.
We make it so complicated. It's simple really. Keep your life simple. Keep your nose out of others business (translation; don't gossip). Do your work to support your family.
When we keep our life simple listening to Hashem becomes much easier. Our mind has time to focus on him instead of all the things clogging your life. Making the one who should be first in our lives first.
Deut. 19:11 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Ps 78:5-7 He established a testimony in Jacob and set up a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children so that a future generation-- children yet to be born--might know. They were to rise and tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
There are a number of things we allow to clog our lives. I think the biggest one for families is so many extra-curricular activities. The focus on having the child(ren) in every sport, even to the extent of traveling teams, all year round is one way the evil one keeps our focus off what Hashem wants for us.
When we are running kids here and there to practice and games where is the focus? On something that has some value but not in the eternal view. Hashem doesn't care if your child is the star of the ______ball team. Insert the type in the space. He cares about your child's character. Whether he/she can hit, throw, or run simply doesn't matter.
What does matter is time spent together as a family with the parents (hopefully both) having devotions, talking about Hashem and his character, expectations. About Yeshua and the profound sacrifice he made for us. Those are seldom learned on a sports field. They are learned by spending quiet time with him. They are you leading prayer with your children. Sharing how difficult it can be to do the right thing no matter what. Discussing your challenges in living as we have been instructed to do.
The believer's life is about much more important things than playing a game. Yes, I know valuable things can be learned playing sports. None are more important than the relationship you are trying to guide your children into. Only one has eternal consequences.
All Scripture from HCSB
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