If you think theres not enough time for family worship you may want to re-think your reasons.
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Most families today maintain a frenetic pace. Parents
work, children go to school, and then begin the afternoon rounds of dance
lessons, music lessons, gymnastics classes, athletic practices, sports events,
birthday parties, youth group activities, band, drama club, bowling team,
chorus, and church choir. The list of activities that compete with family life
seems endless. In Article #3 of a 20-part series, Dr. Dunlap discusses the
importance of making time for family devotions.
Parents often tell me that they do not lead their families
in family worship because there are so many obstacles that prevent them from
Many fathers feel unqualified. They dont know how to
conduct family worship. Most men did not grow up in a family where their father
was a godly role model and thus, they have no example to follow. Some men, whose
fathers did establish a habit of regular family worship, remember being bored
by long, tedious family worship sessions and they are determined not to put
their children through the same ordeal.
Saying that we dont have enough time is never a legitimate
Time is almost always a factor in a mans reluctance to
commit himself to leading family worship on a regular basis. We should not be
deceived where time is concerned. We have the same number of hours in a day
that Jesus had when He conducted His earthly ministry.
The truth is that we make enough time each day for the things
that are most important to us. We also waste large portions of time in idle
pursuits. God expects us to steward our time wisely and He will one day require
us to give an account of how we spent our time.
Men who refuse to assume their responsibility to lead their
family in worship are guilty of disobeying the Lord.
Selfishness and pride often keep men from leading their
families in worship. They are convinced that if they work hard and provide for
their family materially, they have done enough. They believe that they can
leave the spiritual training of their wives and children to the
professionalstheir church leaders and teachers. God clearly calls Christian
men, however, to wash their wives with the Word, and to raise their children
in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Many moms tell me they feel like a taxi driver, chauffeuring
their children from one activity to the next.
Another perplexing obstacle is the lack of motivation that
most men experience when they approach the topic of family worship. Our homes
too often function as entertainment centers. When children are not being
stimulated with computer games, videos and television programs, Mom is
shuttling them to countless activities that are sure to prevent boredom from
Have we bought into the mentality that children no longer
know how to enjoy the delight of playing outdoors? Do we keep them so busy that
they miss the wonder of being children? Have we failed to encourage them to
read great books for the sheer pleasure of reading? Must we plan and supervise
every spare minute of our childrens lives and thereby rob them of the joy of
spontaneity? Should we allow activitieseven the excellent onesto crowd God
out of our families?
Dunlap, a pioneer in the placement of Pastoral Counselors in the offices of
Christian physicians, has conducted over twenty thousand appointments during
his ministerial career. His counseling practice includes adults, children and
families in crisis. Dr. Dunlap is committed to facilitating a network of
telephone counselors. His goal is to provide help for the many people unable to
meet face to face with a competent Bible-based counselor. For a complete
library of Dr. Dunlaps articles, indexed by topic, go to Family Counseling Ministries
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