Busy Doing Nothing

It happened to me one summer. My wife and I scheduled the kids to play baseball and attend several activities at the county park. I raced home from work each day to grab a quick bite of dinner, then hustle everyone into the car and off to the ball field. Afterward, we raced back home to plunk the kids into bed so they’d be ready for the next day ... at least physically. As the weeks wore on, I realized I had dropped the ball. I had allowed an activity-driven lifestyle to crowd out the most important training—the nourishment of my children's souls.

The Bible stresses a father's duty to train up his children consistently in God's truth, despite all the busyness of daily life (Deuteronomy 6:6–9). Fortunately, if we have failed, we can repent and move forward (1 John 1:8–9), trusting that God will empower us to be more diligent in the future.

I am responsible to train my children to be more like Jesus. Every waking moment I have to be intent on "bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5). I have to plan to meditate regularly on Christ's example of humble obedience (Philippians 2), so when I arrive at home I can act like Jesus toward my wife and children. I also have to make specific plans for my wife and me to lead our children through Scripture memory and Bible study during the summer. That may include setting aside a specific time each day. Even on vacation I should set apart time to read God's Word with my family.

[Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.]