From the beginning, Scripture has captured the human story of relationships and the need for intimate connection within the family structure. God treasures the family unit. Solomon reminds us: “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him” (Psalm 127:3 NLT).
One of the greatest threats to the family is busyness. Indeed, our culture has embraced a philosophy of constant activity. Too often we welcome busyness with open arms and hardly pause long enough to catch our breath. But Paul cautions us to make the most of our time (Ephesians 5:16). As we attempt to navigate our busy lives, it’s wise to take a step back and evaluate how we spend time.
As a father of four, I am aware of the importance of establishing intimate connections with my children. I am also mindful of the outside forces vying for my attention at every turn. Yes, even Christ-followers and leaders within the body of Christ can become entangled in this snare.
As parents and guardians, we have the privilege and responsibility of training up the next generation. Faith is impressed on our children when we make time to purposefully pour into them — spiritually, emotionally and physically (Deuteronomy 6:5–9). Intentional family connection requires due diligence and hard work.
Instilling faith in our children happens when we are actively present in their daily lives. It’s a high calling that requires the sacrifice of our time in a busy world. The family is one of God’s sacred gifts to us, and the relationships we build with our children today will bear fruit for generations to come.
Paul K. Castle is the pastor of discipleship at Countryside Free Methodist Church in Sandusky, Michigan.
DISCUSSION: How can you incorporate biblical principles into your family?  What are practical steps you can take to develop a lifelong faith in your child’s life? 0