Do something… (10-6-2011)

originally published 10/6/2011

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Do Something…

“Brethren, do something, do something, do something. While committees waste their time over resolutions, do something. While societies and unions are making constitutions, let us win souls. Too often we discuss, and discuss, and discuss, and Satan laughs in his sleeve. I pray you be men of action all of you.”    – Charles Spurgeon

This quote from Charles Spurgeon is one of my favorite quotes as a worker in God’s Kingdom. Too often we make excuses or we over-plan, over-think, and under-do. Families can be the same way. We often plan to talk about Jesus, get ideas from church about having spiritual conversations, or know that it is our role to teach our children about God, but we don’t do it. Life intervenes, we get too busy, we don’t feel qualified, we don’t know what to say or where to start. Does that sound familiar? Then let this quote motivate you… just do something.

God isn’t looking for the best speakers, the most intelligent theologians, or the worlds most dynamic pastors to teach children about Him. No, God is looking for parents to do it. The beauty is that God doesn’t need our ability, just our availability. Will you make yourself available for God to use you this week in teaching your children about Him?

Below are some ideas to “Do Something.”

Do Something Ideas

1. Pray together – before meals, before bed, before leaving the house.
2. Notice God together – look around and point to the wonders of God’s creation together.
3. Bless each other every night before bed. Use Number 6:24-26
4. Ask your kids about their day – listen and then pray with them, thanking God for the good times and asking for assistance when needed.
5. Share your favorite Bible verse with your kids.
6. Go online and google search “Jesus” and discover together what you find. (Be prepared, not everything on the internet is Christian – shocking but true)
7. Watch TV together – shows on Discovery about Nature, or shows like Veggie tales. Find ways to talk about your faith and what you watched together.
8. Pray for your neighbors – friends, colleagues, classmates. Make a list together for all the people you want God to bless.
9. Skip a meal together and talk about sharing the money you saved with those in need. Make that donation together.
10. Clean out your closets or old toys and clothes you no longer use and donate them to charity. Talk about serving others, and sharing.

Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich, Minister to Families and Children, ©2011, all rights reserved