Often we encounter teaching on the family that is persuasive, but seems overwhelming. I think it is great if your family has a daily rhythm of family devotions, a sit down dinner and a family board game. I actually know some great families who accomplish this, but that hasn’t been the case for us.
Beth and I have intentionally chosen to participate in the public school system and community activities. We love and support home-school families and faith-based extra-curricular activities, but we have chosen a different path.
So, we have a very complex schedule of school, church, football, dance and family time.
In order to set realistic goals, here is what we shoot for:
Monthly Fun: As the budget allows, we try to do something fun and memorable together. Last month, we went on a big vacation together. This month, I’m taking the family with me to Gatlinburg during a speaking engagement. Some months it may be a movie, or a memorable night at dinner.
Weekly Prayer: We pray over each meal and at bedtime, but I love the weeks when we take time to specifically pray for each other and our needs. This is also an important time to pray for the world.
Daily Love: When the day is hectic and less than ideal, “perfect love” covers for our deficiencies we have as a family.