Busy Family Lives

Busyness—for many families it’s a goal, like some sort of badge their wear proudly. How can children’s ministers equip parents to deal with busyness and to build God-centered families in a busyness-obsessed culture? 

In today’s world, some families try to “out-busy” other families. 

  • This urge to feel significant isn’t necessarily unchristian, but the problem comes when we try to gain significance from the approval of other people.
  • “Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

Church leaders can help families navigate busyness. 

  • Help parents say, “This is who I am! This is God’s plan for our family!” And to pursue these things passionately!
  • This looks different for every family. 

Children’s ministers can guide families to the truth of busyness.

  1. Teach people to keep God first in everything.
  2. Teach parents to protect their marriage.
  3. Teach families to pray!
  4. Teach parents how to set priorities.

These principles are for children’s ministers, too.

  • Take a look inside your heart. Look at your calendar. How busy are you?
  • “If the devil can’t make you bad, he will make you busy.” – Corrie ten Boom
  • Document what you do for five days, using hourly increments. This will answer the question: what are my priorities?

Thought Starters:

  • What kind of activities create busyness for the families in your ministry?
  • In what ways can you begin to teach families the truth about busyness?
  • In what ways can you model a godly busyness in your life at church and at home?

Resources:

  • Visit www.CTAinc.com for Calming Your Chaos.