Replacing family with church activities

August 19th, 2008

Rodney Olsen had an interesting post today. He received an email from a reader of his blog that spoke about how Christians often get caught up in church activities and neglect their families. I found it an interesting subject so I felt I had to respond on Rodney’s blog. Here’s my 2 cents worth on the subject…

Yes I think at times we spend way too much time on church things. A few years ago I noted that I was doing something each night for church. Some of it was for God and some of it was for me or some for the church only. I had to really step back and pray and ask God what He wanted me to do, not what I thought I should do, or what people expected of me. Once I identified a few key things I have stuck with them and left all the other stuff behind. I did have to explain it to a few people in a way they understood. At first they didn’t, but in time they did. I feel I now have a much more balanced family, work and church life.

In the end I had to prioritise my time. My faith first (my personal relationship with God), then family, then work, then church. Some people say we shouldn’t do this or that we can’t really separate these things as they overlap. But I have found you can. Church and church stuff is vitally important, but for me it has to come down the list. A lot of the times we keep pushing on with church things, especially during the week nights, when we should take some time out to spend time with family and friends.

I firmly believe that after our personal relationship with God, our family is our biggest responsibility. Neglecting them to be busy doing church things is not what I think God intends or expects from us.

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