As we all struggle to find our footing in a new school year, I wanted to pause, just for a moment. Do you feel that rush? That sudden acceleration of time? The morning chaos of looking for misplaced papers or that one shoe that always goes hiding? Oh, trust me, I’ve been there.
But let’s think about this. What if this new school year wasn’t just about surviving the morning routine? What if it was an opportunity—a God-given chance—to craft new rhythms? Family rhythms. Rhythms that bind us closer not just to each other, but to the Lord.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6, ESV). This isn’t just about making sure they catch the bus on time or complete their homework. It’s about the values, traditions, and rhythms we set as a family.
I remember a story I once heard about a father and son. Every morning, regardless of the chaos that awaited, they’d pause for five minutes. Just five. They’d share what they were thankful for and pray over their day. This little rhythm, this five-minute investment, made all the difference. Over time, it wasn’t the early morning hustles that the son remembered; it was those moments of gratitude and prayer. Those precious five minutes.
Have you thought about what your family rhythm could look like?
Imagine a rhythm of gratitude, where every day each family member shares something they’re thankful for. Or perhaps, a rhythm of Scripture, where a single verse is read aloud before breakfast. Maybe it’s a prayer as you walk to the bus stop or drive to school each day. Remember, it’s not about the length, but the consistency and the heart behind it.
Paul writes in Ephesians: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time.” (Ephesians 5:15-16, ESV). So let’s do that, dear families. Let’s walk wisely, creating rhythms that stand the test of time.
Let me ask you this: What’s one rhythm you could introduce this school year? Just one. Think about it. And remember, you don’t have to do it alone. We’re here with you, every step of the way. Let’s challenge ourselves and share these rhythms with each other. Let’s celebrate the small victories, and help each other through the hiccups.
Back to school isn’t just about new pencils and notebooks. It’s a fresh slate. A God-given chance. A new rhythm. Let’s embrace it, together.
Stay blessed, keep those rhythms alive, and remember, Graceway’s SkyKids ministry is right here, cheering you on.
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