Today I will continue with the topic of "Peace In The Home". You will recall that I stated that Peace In The Home begins when you Put God First In Your Home. The second thought about Peace In The Home is to Focus On The Really Important Things. In Philippians 3:4-6 the Apostle Paul list all his accomplish-ments in life. But in verse number seven he gives them all up in order to have Christ. He readily recognized that Christ was more important than all the world had to offer. Therefore, he chose to focus on the important things. He gives up the good in order to gain the best. Paul knew that if he tried to do everything he would be stressed out and he would accomplish very little. He would spend all his time dealing with the minor things of life and let the major ones go undone. That is exactly what the family must do. The family must focus on the eternal. Focus on the lasting. Whatever is meaningful when the end of life comes. You must deal in priorities. Your family can do and accomplish a lot of things but what are the best things? The lasting things? The things that the children will remember when Mom and Dad are gone. Now, what are the really important things? Obviously, God must be a top priority in your home! Spending time together is another priority (This can include play time as well as work time). Eating together should be im-portant to your family. Attending events that are important to your children should be a priority. Providing your children with stable parents who are in love with each other and in love with the children must be a top priority. These are just a few of the important things that your family must be focusing on each day. To do this we must constantly ask ourselves this question: Am I doing what is best for my family? Are my priorities in order when it comes to my home? Do I focus to much on work and give my family the leftovers of my life? Do I focus to much on trying to obtain a spotless house that I forget to make a home? Am I guilty of seeking a perfect lawn at the expense of my children's freedom to play in the yard?Is the family's schedule filled with to many school or Church activities? The list could go on and on naming the many activities that take up the family's time and lead to the family's failure to focus on the really important things of the home. I must point out that what is a priority for your family may not be one for my family. I do not care for fishing but your family may thoroughly enjoy the time spent on the rivers and lakes fishing. Each family must decide on the things that are important to them and then focus their time and talents on achieving those priorities. I believe it will pay huge dividends for the home. Remember, if you would have "Peace In The Home" you must Focus On The Really Important Things of life.
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