02 Mar Home Improvement Wrap
As we finish our Home Improvement series this weekend, I’m reminded of the Old Testament character of Nehemiah.
During the time Nehemiah led the Hebrew people in rebuilding the ancient city of Jerusalem, he sensed a drop in morale. People were tired. His enemy, Sanballat, threatened attack and began perpetuating destructive rumours. The Hebrew people started to panic, and Nehemiah promptly addressed them:
Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” (Nehemiah 4:13-14)
Nehemiah recognized the Israelite families were too weak to see their need to fight. They were too tired to realize the danger they were in. So he did the preparation for them—he placed them in strategic positions, armed them with swords, and opened their eyes to the threat. With a renewed vigor, the people began simultaneously building the wall and defending themselves.
It reminds me that as a church, it is our desire to encourage parents, husbands and wives, grandparents, single parents, guardians & others to keep going. To not give in or give up, even when the going gets tough and it seems like marriage or parenting seems like a battleground.
That has been the goal of our Home Improvement series this year, that you can listen to on our website if you missed a week or two.
In our world today it is easy to lose our purpose as families. But God reminds us that families who most often find their way are the ones who passionately ‘follow God’s intention which is intentionally by design to live for His purposes.’
We have purpose!
Husbands and wives whose marriages are thriving even when the kids are young, budgets are tight and schedules fill up, are ones who keep communicating.
And as we choose to communicate effectively by putting one another first as husband and wife, we invite each other in and allow each other to access our hearts and become the husbands and wives God longs for us to be!
Parents, grandparents, single parents, foster parents & guardians have the fight of their lives on their hands today in the 21st century. So much happens in our world today. Our kids face circumstances & decisions earlier than ever before. Our time with them gets more limited with each passing year.
The Bible reminds us as parents that ‘our use of the time we do have today with our kids determines the kind of influence we’ll have tomorrow once they leave home.’
Meaning that it is our God given mission as parents to use every second we have with our kids to provide a solid foundation constructed from the character of Jesus to raise them to love Jesus, to live like Jesus – even in an online 21st century world – and serve Him long after they’ve left the protection and shelter of our home.
At the dinner table. After they win the soccer game of their lives. Or lose a heartbreaker at the last moment. When they face a difficult conversation with a friend. On a trip to the ski hill. Or waiting with them for their music lesson. Or in the quiet of the early morning before school starts.
It all matters!
Long after this Sunday series is complete may we be a community of faith and families that continue to equip each other through conversation, prayer and support day in and day out.
Parents – don’t give up! Husbands, wives – don’t turn away from each other. Turn towards each other and communicate!
May our marriages be healthier through stronger communication. May our homes be places of safety where our children and grandchildren can find shelter from the storms of life and develop their God given talents on the foundation of Jesus to live for Jesus in all they say and do.