Chris Young is Pastor at South Bossier Baptist Church on Sligo Road in South Bossier.
As always, summer has come and gone faster than a Popsicle on a steamy August afternoon. One minute you’re buying supplies for the swimming pool and the next minute, school supplies. Not only that but the cost of going back to school seems to rival the cost of Christmas these days. In the chaos of summer, something went unnoticed. The kids grew an inch and outgrew their school uniforms. Yikes!
Though the back to school preparations are time consuming and costly, most families find great comfort in the return to routine. “I’m bored” will give way to homework, sports and earlier bed times. The challenge for the family shifts from “what to do” to “how to get it all done.”
In this shift back to the “normal schedule,” we should consider the opportunity made available in this back to school transition. Back to school means you can design the right schedule and choose the right priorities for your family, rather than taking life as it comes. This requires some honest thought about what worked and what didn’t work last school year. Two thoughts should dominate this analysis: What should we do with the precious commodity of time, given to us by God, and for which we will be held accountable? How should we structure our daily and weekly schedule to match the priorities of our family?
Two simple choices could make all the difference in this school year (and well beyond). First, each family member should attend one age-appropriate church gathering each week. Any family that’s too busy to give God two hours out of 168 is just too busy. If family members don’t want to go to church, you may need to find a new one. Second, families should carve out 15 minutes each night for spiritual discussion and prayer. You’ve committed time in the schedule for all kinds of less important things. How can a Christian family justify zero reinforcement at home of the faith parents claim is so important? Any honest consideration or reflection on one’s family history will easily confirm the importance of this one scheduled priority.
So the challenge for families is this: In the busy transition, don’t forget to decide what’s really important and make it part of the new routine. It’s your opportunity of the year.
Chris Young is Pastor at South Bossier Baptist Church on Sligo Road in South Bossier. For more information, visit the church’s website at www.southbossierbaptist.org.