Do w e have time for each other?. LLC Home and Family Workshop. Keith Waaraniemi Stony Lake Camp October 19–21, 2012. Loving is taking time for each other. Christ ’ s dual commandment of love guides us:
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LLC Home and Family Workshop
Stony Lake Camp
October 19–21, 2012
Christ’s dual commandment of love guides us:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”(Matt. 22:37-39).
The home is where family members spend time together, sharing both joys and sorrows.
Creating a secure atmosphere in the home and teaching Christian values requires time together.
SING SHZ 420:1
Like boughs that bear abundance / when firmly on the tree, / as people we’re created / to with each other be. / We thank You for our fam’lies, / the life that You established, / Your gifts to us, O Lord.
Responsibility for the well-being of the home and common activities belongs to each family member.
When there is love and warmth in the home, matters and responsibilities are shared.
“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned”(Tim. 1:5).
We need each other, Father, / an open, warm embrace, / the parents’ life experience, / the children’s trusting gaze. / We meet with disappointments, / surprises, and enjoyment, / here trav’ling side by side.
Amid our own imperfections the gospel is our strength in the home.
We need to feel the support of fellow travelers.
Every generation receives strength from the Creator to follow His perfect plan!
We have too little time for each other.
Today’s world emphasizes selfishness, materialism, entertainment.
Individual hobbies and recreation can take away from family time.
Everyday pressures can cause us to be physically, but not mentally present. “Here, but not here.”
Children not looking for “quality time,” but adult presence in everyday life.
Make time management choices for the family’s well-being.
Ever-increasing demands on time.
Coordinating life and work a challenge.
Reasonable responsibility – that which we can reasonably do is enough.
Consider one’s ability to fulfill both work and home commitments.
Becoming overwhelmed, depressed, and burnt out can be the result of trying to do more than possible.
With selfishness and hurry, / how blinded we become. / We scarcely even notice / our dear ones’ needs at home. / But then we pray, dear Father, / and share our stress and burden / within the care of Christ.
In our time, connections to relatives and dear ones can weaken.
We must work to maintain them.
Friends are also important.
Excessive social interaction outside of the family can negatively effect family relationships.
An overuse of social media may cause difficulties in time management, as well as trivializing personal relationships.
Services are the centralactivity of Christianity.
In the hearing of God's Word,personal faith is strengthened and refreshed.
Take time as a family for Services, Bible class, Sunday school, camps, discussions, and visiting each other.
Above all, living faith keeps hope and the future in oursights.
In the midst of all stages oflife we can have childlike trust that God will help.
The Old Testament prophet expressed the thoughts of the Lord toward His own - thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give them a future and hope. (Jer. 29:11)
SING SHZ 420:4
Stay with us, dear Lord Jesus, / stay close in every phase, / when we let go and part here, / face deepest sorrow’s days. / For You alone can carry / and let us grow securely / beneath Your beams of grace.
Why do we have too little time for each other?
How can we lighten the load of our dear ones?
What does it mean in practice to make time management choices for the well-being of the family?
What does it mean when we say “that which we can reasonably do is enough?
How do we with the right heart view our time for the activities and work of the kingdom vs. home time?
What does moderation mean regarding material goods?
Are we too proud to ask for help?