[callout]This series of posts is taken from the 9th Principle in my book Like Ice Cream: The Scoop on Helping the Next Generation Fall in Love with God’s Word. These three posts explore the three aspects of making it a priority. You can read about the first one here and the second one here.[/callout]
In the first four months of this year, I lost 20 pounds. (See the title of my book for a hint as to why I needed to.) In the five months since then, I have kept most of it off, but I’m currently about 8-9 pounds up from my lowest.
One word: Effort.
The first four months of the year, there were only a handful of days I didn’t work out. I did one of those 90-day, this-is-insane-and-fun-and-painful-and-beneficial-all-at-the-same-time workouts.
And it worked. And it was worth it. And…it took a heap of effort.
In the last five months I have only worked out a couple times a week. Sometimes not at all. No surprise some of the weight is back.
But it’s worth it. Oh…is it worth it!
Below is the final section of the chapter on Making It A Priority.
In Scenario A, you find a story, read it, close your Bible, say your prayers, turn off the light, and head out of the room. In Scenario B, you find a story, read it (with emotion!), ask your kids about it, share some thoughts of your own, see how the idea from the story fits into what they did that day or what they are facing the next, pray (specifically), turn off the light, and head out of the room.
In the above scenarios, the second one certainly takes more effort. And maybe that is the easiest way to understand what I mean by making it a priority. We put effort, thought, and energy into things that are priorities for us. We can certainly “check off” activities that are not priorities, but simply need to get done. Did the laundry. Check. Scheduled the bus for the youth retreat. Check. Put together the volunteer list for Sunday school snacks. Check. Read the Bible. Check. (Oops…didn’t mean to put that one on the list.)
I just don’t think there’s any substitute for mom and dad prioritizing that time with the kids. —Nicole (mother of five)
I have no intention of misleading anyone into thinking that helping the next generation fall in love with God’s Word is easy. It requires a lot of effort! Of course, I can’t think of very many things that are of great value that require no effort. I also can’t think of anything more valuable than instilling in my children – and all children – a love for God and His Word.
[reminder]Where is one place where your kids/students would benefit from even a small increase in effort from you?[/reminder]
Photo Credit – www.freedigitalphotos.net – Marcus