If you aren’t risking anything, then you are risking everything.
I have always been a risk taker. Many times that has led to so many hard and trying times in my life. But that has also led to the most incredible wins I have had. Simple fact is, you will never get the big rewards with your family unless you are willing to take the big risks.
I was talking with a father from our church last week. I asked him how often he has a family devotional, prayer time, or spiritually meaningful interaction with his wife and children. He did what most of us would do in that moment. He hemmed and hawed. He told me they try to do it as often as they can, but when I asked him when the last time was….he couldn’t give me an answer. I promise, it wasn’t an uncomfortable conversation. I wasn’t pressing him to make him feel guilty. I was just trying to see what is going on in the lives of the families of our church. As we talked more, I asked him why it was so hard to have meaningful “God” time with his family. In the end, the real reason was risk. More to the point, a lack of taking a risk.
You see, unless your family is actually built on a God fearing foundation, it can be uncomfortable to talk about God. So many families go to church every week. They individually make decisions to follow Christ. Whole families where every individual loves God, goes to church, is involved, prays, and reads their bible…..yet the family has their foundation built not on God but somewhere else. This might be your family. I know at times it can even be mine. It takes us daily deciding to take the risk of becoming spiritually vulnerable to our loved ones.
You see, if you aren’t willing to risk becoming vulnerable with your family, they are risking never becoming vulnerable with God. So take the risk. Be the leader.
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