Easy vs. Hard

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Hard Way versus Easy WayLet’s face it, the easy way is just, well… easier. I guess that’s why it’s called “the easy way”. It requires less, costs less, takes less. Less energy. Less thinking. Less everything. That’s why it’s easier.

The hard way takes more. More effort. More energy. More thinking. It’s harder. But those that take the hard way get things done… they create. They influence. They make things happen. The hard way takes more, but it also produces a greater outcome, a greater product. The hard way produces greater results.

Parenting is hard, all around. (Can I get an “Amen”?) Sometimes you feel like the day is a success if all you do is make sure everyone has food and clothes (even it it is a pink tutu at the grocery store – the choice of my 5 yr-old diva). You are exhausted. You’re wearing 7 different hats. Every time you turn around someone needs something… new shoes, or a band aid, or the milk is out, or someone’s sick. Life is crazy. As a parent, it can sometimes feel impossible to find the time and energy to point your kids to Christ. Those times usually never go as planned, even when you attempt to make it happen.

Look for easy, practical ways to make a spiritual impact with your family. Memorize a verse together. Find one night a week that you can read scripture, pray and maybe even sing together. Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to turn conversations to point to God and look for small, everyday ways to draw your family’s attention to Jesus. Find time to pray with your kids, to ask them about what they are learning, to invest in their spiritual growth.

That’s what Deuteronomy 6 tells us to do… to talk about God with our kids when we are at home, when you go about your everyday life, when you are going to bed and when you get up in the morning.  I want to challenge you to be intentional about taking the hard way. Even if it is just one small thing every week. Think through ways to connect the truth and love of God and His Word to the everyday life of your family. Write them a note for their lunch that’s encouraging and has a verse of Scripture on it… or just to tell them that you love them and are proud of them. Let’s try the hard way. There’s a lot at stake.

What are some practical things you do to point your family to God in the course of everyday life?

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